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What is the shortest possible way to checkmate your opponent without using a Queen? [duplicate]

I know about the 2 move mate where the 2 side pawns move up and the Queen comes in and delivers a swift checkmate, but what if the Queen was not being used, or wasn't on the board in the first place?
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Queen corner round trip

In "The Ink War", Hendriks "complained" that in some game, during the Zukertort manouvre Q-e8-h8-a1-h1 the bQ didn't start at a8. Do you know a game with a Q corner round trip in ...
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How many queens can check a king without it being checkmate (with no other pieces on the board)?

I am going to write an autobiographical story. The motive is therapeutic. I suffered abuse from my father, and at the age of 20, I developed delusional disorder; the psychosis lasted for 20 years, and ...
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Two Rooks v/s Queen End game

Is Two Rooks, King v/s Queen, King in the end game is a theoritical draw in chess? No player can win by any tactics?
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What is the shortest possible game with 18 queens?

This question demonstrates a game in which all 16 pawns promote for a total of 18 queens on the board. It takes 80 moves... What is the shortest sequence of moves that achieves this goal?
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How do I trap the queen once it pins my rook?

I am playing as Black in this game, and after 10. Qg4, I realize that White wanted my rook. I knew I could trap the queen once it went for the rook (11. Qxg7), but I forgot how. I went on to win the ...
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Why is 11...Qg6 the best move in this line of the italian?

In the following position: 2kr3r/ppp1bppp/2nq4/1N2pb2/8/3PBN2/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 4 11 The engine (Stockfish 14) suggests 11...Qg6 as the best move for black. It evaluates 11...Qg6 -3.4 compared to ...
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Is Shredder just making a mistake or is there a strategy here?

I was playing against the online version of Shredder on the hard setting, and after this weird opening phase I went ahead with a queen trade, but weirdly Shredder didn't take my queen. Is this just a ...
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A question about the time to evacuate a queen in a master game

I am studying a book about chess strategy, and in the chapter concerning the d4,e4 center I have this game: (PACHMAN, VESELY, Pragues, 1953) r1b2rk1/pp1nqppp/2pb1n2/4p3/2PP4/2N1PN2/P1Q1BPPP/R1B1R1K1 b ...
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Has simultaneous partial queen pinning, besides mutual queen pins, happened in a master game?

In a 3+0 blitz game, this humorous position arose. Have such mutual partial pins, wherein both players pin the others queen to their king, occurred in master games? [FEN "r3k2r/1ppb1ppp/p2bqn2/...
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I accidentally lost my queen and I resign is that a bad thing to do?

If it's bad what should I do? And I why resigning after I lost my queen is bad? I have no way to win, and I and I have to resign because I am going to lose anyway. So is it bad? [Event "...
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How to effectively use the queen in chess opening strategy?

The queen is the most powerful piece in chess, with the ability to move in any direction and threaten a wide range of squares. However, it can be challenging to effectively use the queen in the ...
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When is a queen stronger than two rooks?

Two rooks are stronger than one queen. Let's assume that the material is equal, except that one player has a pair of rooks while the other player has a queen. In what situations is the queen stronger ...
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Shocking queen sacrifices?

I am a chess beginner and I find queen sacrifices are the most shocking moves I have ever seen. Please, can you provide me with some shocking examples of queen sacrifices. It need not be a big list, ...
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When is a queen better than 3 minor pieces (or vice versa)?

Obviously a lot is going to depend on the exact position, but I'm asking if there are any general signposts - e.g. bishops usually get better than knights if the position is open, or in an endgame, ...
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I don't understand why this scenario is checkmate. The black rook cannot move, as it's protecting black king. Can someone explain? See photo [duplicate]

So in this scenario the White Queen put the black king in check, which was then blocked by the black rook. So, how is it that the black queen moving to the position of F1 is considered checkmate? The ...
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Why do players resign after accidentally giving their opponent a free queen?

Whenever I verse players in Live Chess (30 minutes) on Chess.com, sometimes I am able to threaten their queen because they brought it out too early in the game. In the opening/beginning to midgame, if ...
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What is the most queens that have been on the board in a grandmaster game?

There are quite a few grandmaster games with 3 queens or 4 queens, but what is the highest number of queens on the board in a game between two GMs? I'd be interested in both the most on the board ...
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In the immortal draw, why is the Queen sac 9...Qxa4+ considered the best move?

After White's first nine moves in the Immortal Draw: [FEN ""] [title "Hamppe-Meitner, Vienna"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ 5.Ke3 Qf4+ 6.Kd3 d5 7.Kc3 Qxe4 8.Kb3 Na6 9....
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History of convention for king & queen placement

As stated in this question, the convention that the player with the lighter-coloured pieces makes the first move was not established until fairly late in the 19th century. Before then, what convention ...
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What is the best approach when an opponent's queen is in the center and all of their pieces are developed?

I have played several games where my opponent's queen is somehow placed in the center of the board. However, this type of aggressive move positions my king in a dangerous spot. I can't castle because ...
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Openings that reach endgames? [duplicate]

I'm looking for some openings for white and black that have a high probability of trading queens early on without being significantly worse. Does anyone know any openings that fit this criteria?
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Quickly losing a queen in style

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 ...
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Can a King and Queen mate a King and Knight or is this a drawn game?

White has a King and a Queen. Black has a King and a Knight. It is White's move. Can White win or is this ending a draw?
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Forced mate: 2 queens vs king

On the board, there are 2 queens (of the same color) placed on random squares. The opposing side has only a king, placed on a random square (and not in check). There obviously exists a mating sequence....
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How to use my queen better

In many of my games, I'm having problems with developing my queen. I'm aware of basic principles such as not moving the queen too early, or developing it after the minor pieces and so on. Yet, I ...
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What sense does promotion to queen make? [closed]

When a pawn finally reaches the eighth rank, then it can be promoted to rook, knight, bishop or queen. It is not hard to imagine that a soldier who has achieved a lot could be promoted to an officer. ...
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Has there been a game which was drawn with three queens?

One of my friends who follows chess told me that there was a player in the past whose defensive game was so good that he drew a game in which the opponent had three queens. I couldn't find a game like ...
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Why doesn’t the computer like my odd queen trade?

I played a game as Black some months ago on chess.com in which I made a rather amusing, in my opinion at the least, queen trade. I won the game in the end, but only after being a bastard and promoting ...
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Trading off two rooks for queen and pawn

I have hardly if ever seen 2 rooks being traded off for queen and pawn (or for just queen) in common games. Under what conditions is this trade-off advisable? Why is it fairly uncommon?
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Trading queens in the opening

Which standard openings in chess usually pave the way for an early queen trade in the game? In other words, which opening has a high probability of exchanging the queens in the opening itself? Does ...
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Why is there association between a queenless position and the endgame?

Why does there seem to be some idea that trading queens is the start of the endgame? What does trading queens have to do with the endgame? Why are queenless positions often considered to be endgame ...
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Why does a knight combine better with the queen than a bishop does?

From this question, the couple queen + knight is strong in attacking the opponent's king. I searched why the knight combines better than the bishop with a queen, and all I could find, from this ...
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Countering The Wayward Queen Attack

I'm a new player =I just started playing again after an over 10 year hiatus. I'm (sadly) in the 600s. I've been studying openings and I seem to do better in games where I can use the Italian game or ...
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Why is the king powerless and the queen powerful?

Historically, real kings were powerful (Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte etc.) and women were powerless. The game of chess began in Asia, some say, and the women were definitely powerless there....
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At what point is sacrificing a queen a bad move?

Obviously if you get checkmate from it it's fine, but at what point does it become unacceptable?
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What is the earliest queen move in any strong, modern opening?

I have noticed a tendency of weaker players to move their queen out very early (e.g. move 2-5), and conversely, a tendency for strong players to move their queen much later (usually later than move 5, ...
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Must one say "queen check" before capturing a queen?

I was playing a friend and I took her queen. She said that I didn't say "queen check" beforehand. I have never heard of this. Is it a rule?
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What did Benjamin Franklin mean in this quote?

I was reading thenarticle at http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/benjamin-franklin-on-the-morals-of-chess, and in the last paragraph, Ben Franklin says "Snatch not eagerly at every advantage ...
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As Black, how should one respond to 4. Qe2 by White in the Russian Game, Damiano Variation?

I recently played a game as Black. My opponent and I transposed into, according to Lichess, the Russian Game, Damiano Variation, when White played 4. Qe2. I wasn’t sure how to reply, and I ended up ...
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King + Queen vs. King + Queen - is this a draw?

Black and white both have one queen and the king. Is this game a draw?
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Two Rooks vs Queen endgame

Is an endgame with Queen and King vs. two Rooks and King a win for the Queen, a win for the two Rooks, or a draw?
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Seeking an explanation for Nezhmetidnov’s queen sacrifice

In this game, Rashid Nezhmetidnov sacrificed his queen for a bishop. I see that White gets an outpost on d5, but I can't find anything else that justifises the sacrifice. Is there any other ...
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Does a KQQ vs KQ endgame position with perpetual check exist?

In such an endgame situation (no specific position), where White isn't pinning the Black queen on the first move, is it possible for Black to get a perpetual check if they move first?
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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

If my opponent brings out his/her queen early in the game, I usually attack it with my own queen. The opponent can either accept the trade or reject it. If he/she accepts, I have no questions at all. ...
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Moving the queen early in the game - beginner

Ok, I know this will be a vague question... I recently played against a friend three games, and lost all of them, and the problem was that he played his queen very early in the game (second move). I ...
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How many queens can be on the board without neither forced mate nor forced stalemate (53?)?

I was wondering how many queens can be put on boards without the position being a forced checkmate or a forced stalemate. The best I came up with is 53 this position. [FEN "QQQQQRK1/QQQQQPr1/...
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Scandinavian Defence queen e5

I'm new to chess (around 1000), and I like to practice the Scandinavian defence. I started to check the theory related to it, and I've never seen a single source talking about this queen move after ...
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How can I save this game?

I was playing a blitz game and the time control was 2m+1s. The end game was KQ vs KR and I (with KQ) lost on time as it took roughly 2 seconds for me to make a move. I would like to learn a lesson: in ...
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Does 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 have to be a bad opening?

There seems to be a pretty nifty attack for White after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Nxe5 fxe5 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Qxe5+ Qe7 6.Qxh8 I've played as White with this opening several times, ...