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How many queens can check a king without it being checkmate (with no other pieces on the board)?

The question asks for "no other pieces on the board" apart from white queens and a black king. So the other answers looking for legal positions seem to be missing the point. If we're looking ...
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How many queens can check a king without it being checkmate (with no other pieces on the board)?

The only way black can be in check from more than one queen is if a pawn moves forward one move, queens and discovers a check from another queen behind it like this: [fen "8/3kPQ2/8/8/8/8/8/4K3 w ...
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How many queens can check a king without it being checkmate (with no other pieces on the board)?

I'm pretty sure the maximum number is two (under current rules). I can think of two different ways to achieve it. One is a discovered check by a promoting pawn, as in Brian Towers's answer. The other ...
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Two Rooks v/s Queen End game

Most positions with K+R+R vs K+Q are either dead draws or quickly come down to checkmate, a win with K+R vs K, or a loss with K+R vs K+Q. But occasionally one may run into a longer analysis. ...
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How many queens can check a king without it being checkmate (with no other pieces on the board)?

@Brian Towers answer is correct under current chess conventions. However, you if want to be cheeky, you could abuse the 1980 FIDE rules to achieve 'eight', like so. [FEN "8/3kPQ2/QQ2r3/2QK4/7Q/...
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What is the shortest possible way to checkmate your opponent without using a Queen?

White's third move can already be a Queenless mate: [Title "Look, Ma, no Queen (checkmate on White's move 3)"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w - - 0 1"] 1. e4 ...
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How many queens can check a king without it being checkmate (with no other pieces on the board)?

I believe, if we are talking legal moves to get to that position, the answer would be 6, assuming a Queen captures some black piece at C6 to put the black player in check. With that said, if you are ...
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Why is 11...Qg6 the best move in this line of the italian?

The queen is well placed on g6 facing the White king and hitting the weakest point of the castle, g2. You were afraid of 12.Nxe5? but this pawn is protected by the Nc6, so no, the Black queen doesn't ...
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Queen corner round trip

This CQL query: cql(input Mega_Database_2023.pgn) flipcolor { piece MP in [QR] { flip line singlecolor nestban --> move from (MP & a1) to h1 ...
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Queen corner round trip

Tim Krabbe #354. Starting on move 59. [Title "Joukl-Lamac, Czech Republic"] [FEN "1b6/1k6/3p4/2pKp3/2P5/8/8/R7 w - - 0 1"] 1. Rh1 Kb6 2. Rh8 Bc7 3. Ra8 Kb7 4. Ra1 Bb8 5. Rf1 Kb6 6....
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Does a KQQ vs KQ endgame position with perpetual check exist?

Black has a perpetual check and all of White's moves are forced. [FEN "5k2/1Q6/8/8/8/7q/8/6QK w - - 0 1"] 1. Qh2 Qf1+ 2. Qg1 Qh3+
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