Capture piece threatening mate

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Prevent checkmate by capturing one of the pieces threatening checkmate

In this level, your opponent is threatening checkmate in one move.

How can you defend against this kind of threat?
There are five main ways to defend against checkmate in one move:

  1. Protect the square where checkmate is threatened.
  2. Capture one of the pieces threatening checkmate.
  3. Escape with the king.
  4. Make an escape square for the king.
  5. Block one of the pieces threatening checkmate.

In this level, you must capture one of the pieces threatening checkmate.


Black just played Rgg2, and is now threatening Rxh2#.
White's only way to prevent checkmate is to capture the rook on b2 with Rxb2.
Now the other rook has lost its support, and is no longer able to checkmate.

White has just played f6, and is now threatening Qxg7#.
Qxf6 would prevent Qxg7#, however then White has a different checkmate with Qg8#, because from f6 Black's queen no longer protects g8.
Therefore Black's only good defence is gxf6.

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