Consider the following:

[FEN "r3q1k1/p2p1p1p/b1p2QpB/8/8/2r5/P4PPP/R5K1 b - - 0 1"]

Why is black's next move Qf8? White just follows with Bf8.

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    – Queeg
    May 29, 2017 at 11:06

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There is no good way to stop Qg7 mate. Black has to give up their queen.

  • For this reason, one might argue that "resigns" is the best move for Black in the given position! Mar 27, 2016 at 21:25
  • Black has to give up a queen and a rook for a bishop. Ugh.
    – Tony Ennis
    Mar 28, 2016 at 3:17

Black's move is forced to stop mate at g7. He has no other alternative. The c3 rook will also fall if the bishop is then recaptured, so the game is hopeless for Black.

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