I accidentally ran into this game again.

[FEN ""]
[startply "7"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 Qf6 3. e5 Qf5 4. Bd3          

What would be the fastest way to lose a queen by a direct attack on it (i.e. no pin, no discovered, no mate threats, etc.), when it has a maximum of 27 moves, but all fields attacked by the enemy? I estimate around 20 moves and very silly play. Avoid prematurely hanging of the queen (or mate in 1) if possible.


Under the requirement of treating the attacked queen as if subject to check, 31 plies is possible. Additionally, there is not a White ply to spare here!

[FEN ""]
[startply "31"]

1. c4 d5 2. Qa4+ Nc6 3. d4 Bh3 4. g4 Rb8 5. Na3 b5 6. Nxb5 a6 7. Qxa6 Nxd4 8. Nxd4 f5 9. Nxf5 Nh6 10. Nxh6 dxc4 11. Be3 c3 12. f4 Qd7 13. Nxh3 Qd8 14. Nf2 Qd5 15. Rd1
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    But this is a bit of cheating ;-), since obviously White could have taken the queen much earlier, which I explicitely excluded. (This also holds for the related questions given above, all with triple or more attacks.) And argueably Black's queen isn't so bad off in that position anyway, being able to take her colleague with her - but I didn't exclude that:-) – Hauke Reddmann Feb 5 at 9:11
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    But now the queen moves into a quadruple attack and White is to move. Maybe you kept to my exact wording, but not to spirit. Can I somehow award you an effort point without ACKing the question? :-) – Hauke Reddmann Feb 5 at 18:29
  • Sorry, my wording was very misunderstandable! I corrected it. Not flights, but moves. – Hauke Reddmann Feb 6 at 10:05
  • Rewan, what speaks against [FEN "1nb1kb1r/2p1p1pp/Q6N/3q4/5P2/4B3/PPP1PN2/R3KB1R w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.Rd1 and the queen is lost? (Sigh, I speak English since 50 years and still don't always find the right words...) – Hauke Reddmann Feb 6 at 20:00
  • Knew you could do it :-) (Maybe someone can beat it, but in the meantime have your hard earned points!) – Hauke Reddmann Feb 7 at 11:27

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