Here is the position: interesting position

What would you do if you only had 5 seconds on the clock?


The first moves I look at, at any speed, are the checks.

Being human, under the pressure, I would play Qxf6+, as it also gains material (although it only leads to a draw). Qxc8+ also fits my criteria, but it moves the queen farther away, which just doesn't seem right.

The correct answer for the mate=in-two was aleady given but deleted by the post author.

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    Why does Qxf6+ lead to a draw? After ...Qf7 Qxh8+ Qg8 Qxg8+ White is up an exchange and two pawns and will win eventually.
    – Allure
    Mar 18 at 12:18
  • Qxf6+ is completely winning lol, you're up an exchange and two pawns. Granted the opponent has SOME counterplay, as long as you're a decent endgame player you'll win with almost no calculation. I could win that position even if I have only 30 seconds on the clock.
    – ALK003
    Mar 18 at 18:17
  • With 5 seconds on the clock, I wouldn't be looking for a win but a perpetual check, therefore the game, not the position, would be a draw. Lots of luck.
    – Mike Jones
    Apr 2 at 11:17

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