There is a black bishop at a4, black queen at b4, a black king at e5 and a white king at c1. There is a checkmate in 3 moves. I want to know what the moves are.

[FEN "8/8/8/4k3/bq6/8/8/2K5 b - - 0 1"]
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    If you can take a screenshot or use the pgn editor that would be helpful. Are those all the pieces left?
    – chackerian
    Jul 20, 2016 at 17:45
  • Yes..this is for my Husband. I know nothing about chess Jul 20, 2016 at 18:40

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Black mates in three with

[FEN "8/8/8/4k3/bq6/8/8/2K5 b - - 0 1"]

1... Qb7 2. Kd2 Qe4 3. Kc1 (3. Kc3 Qd4#) Qc2#

The paradoxical Qb7 is the only solution, you can check this with an endgame database.

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    While OP doesn't mention it, this is almost certainly a chess problem; in addition to the amazingly quiet first move, note that in the 3. Kc3 variation the ending position is a so-called "model" mate: all of Black's pieces participate in the mate directly, and each square in the field of the White king is covered by only one of Black's pieces. Jul 21, 2016 at 1:13

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