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The 24th Canadian Chess Challenge will be hosted by the Nova Scotia Scholastic Chess Association for the very first time in history!

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Chess Puzzle Answer

Analysis:

White is down a pawn.
White's pieces are much better placed and very active against the black king.
Black has no control at all over the a1-h8 diagonal.
White is attacking h7 twice (knight and bishop).
White has a queen on a1-h8, and Bb2 also can control this diagonal.

Conclusion:

We must attack the king as quick as possible, look at forcing moves first due to all the weak squares.

Answer:

1. Qxg7! Kxg7

You may be tempted to play 1. Bb2, but we should always look at forcing moves first. After 1... f6 black is defending our attack!

2. Bb2+ Kg8

Now that the f7 pawn is pinned to the king by the rook on e7, it's quite clear how deadly the lack of control over the a1-h8 diagonal has become.

3. Bxh7#

All the moves were forced, black had no defense. Always look for the weaknesses and use them to your advantage!


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