More than one mate?

Another reader question about one of the tactics in my e-mail newsletters…

Regarding this position from the newsletter “Return of the Assassin”

White to Move

White to Move


Spoilers below, so solve it first if you want to

Richard writes:


Not looking at the theme, I instead saw Ne7+, any response, Qb5#.  Same outcome.


My response:

Hey Richard,

I think if the king moves out of check, like Kb6 then Qb5 isn’t a mate anymore, because now the black queen protects that square :-)



The answer I gave in the newsletter was: 19.Nb4+ Kb6 20.a5#,

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