Daily Rome Shot 639 and a Requiem for Card. Pell in Rome

From a Requiem Mass in Rome for Card. Pell.

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Both Kings are in trouble, but it is white’s move.

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  1. Neal says:

    1. Qf6+ Kg8
    2. Bxf7+ Kf8
    3. Bc4#

  2. Cliff says:

    White has to perpetually keep black in check, it it’s king is toast. Thus, all moves are forced.
    1. Qf6+ Kg8 or Kh7 It doesn’t matter which, the response is the same.
    2. Qxf7+ Kh8
    3. Qf6+ Kh7
    4. Qg6+ Kh8
    5. Qh6#

  3. My take:

    Both Kings are in trouble. But it’s white’s move.

    1. Qf6+ Kg8
    2. Bxf7+ Kh7
    3. Qg6+ Kh8
    4. Qxh6#

    1. Qf6+ Kh7
    2. Qxf7+ Kh8
    3. Qf6+ Kh7
    4. Qg6+ Kh8
    5. Qxh6#

  4. Shonkin says:

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