In this video, we see another way to play against Black’s early Qf6 move. If you’d like, before you watch the video (bottom of post), try to solve the tactical puzzle below.
Puzzle Solution (Move 1)
Black can start by playing Nc7+. The King has no legal moves, so the Queen must take it. But the follow-up is not so clear. What should White play next?
Puzzle Solution (Move 2)
White has another nice move now–Bxf7+! Again, the sacrifice must be accepted because Black has no other legal move.
Puzzle Solution (Remaining Moves)
Now White has to choose the correct series of checks. Qh5+ is still winning, but not the most precise; instead, White can play Qd5+ first, forcing the King back to e8 (Kg6 is met by Qf5#). Now comes Qh5+, and after the forced move g6, Qxg6#!
The final move reveals the importance of the Knight sacrifice to start the combination–the Queen was deflected from the sixth rank, preventing her from defending the g6 square, which was ultimately used to mate Black. Pretty nice combination to end a straightforward and brutal destruction of Black’s early Queen dances and flank-pawn pushes.
Full Game Analysis