With White to play, I have trouble understanding what goes on in this puzzle. First of all, how exactly Kh1 is preferable to Kxh2? I know that Black can give checks after Kxh2, but there really is no mate threat anyway and White gets rid of a pawn that way. Also, why does Black follow up with Qe3, which leads to them losing a piece? Is there not a better move for them to play?

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1. Kh1 Qe3 2. Qxe5 Qxe5 3. Rxe5

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1. Kxh2 allows Black a forcing sequence exchanging off the pieces and White loses his big advantage: 1... Qh6+ 2. Kg2 now Black can capture the Rook on f5 and force a trade of queens: 2... gxf5 3. Qxe5+ Qg7+.

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