Checkmate with one queen

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One queen checkmate

In order to checkmate the opposing king the queen needs the support of its own king.

There is a certain plan you should follow when mating in simple positions. The plan is to gradually reduce the opponent's king free space. In our case you have to limit the king's movement on a line on the edge of the board. The queen will do this from distance while its king will gradually get closer. That is why the king which is about to be checkmated must stay as far as possible from the opposing king (the queen can't checkmate it on its own).

You should also know that in this situation (king and queen against king) the checkmate will occur in at most 10 moves.

Checkmate with the queen The white king must get closer to its counterpart; this is the fastest way the black king will be checkmated. the position at the begineing. Black will soon be in a checkmate position 1. Kh1-g2 Kd5-d6 2. Kg2-f3 Kd6-e6 3. Qh8-d8 And now the queen has reduced the free space for the black king. 3... Ke6-f7
The free space for the black king is getting smaller and smaller due to the white queen. During this the white king is aproaching for the kill 4. Kf3-f4 Kf7-e6 5. Kf4-e4 Ke6-f7 6. Ke4-f5 Kf7-g7 7. Qd8-d7+ Kg7-f8 8. Kf5-f6 Kf8-g8 9. Qd7-g7checkmate Checkmate! White wins this game
And the king was checkmated in less then 10 moves.

There are certain stalemate positions that may appear in this kind of endgames. You should know what to do when you run into tem. For example look at the chess board below.

Example of how you could get into a stalemate position if you are not carefoul

If Black were to move 1... Qg6, then he would provoke stalemate (the white king has nowhere to go). Wouldn't that be a shame.. if you are so close to victory and make a bad move like this...!The right move is : 1... Ke6 and now the white king is trapped in a zugzwang position : he has nowhere to go but 2. Ke8 Qg8checkmate. Checkmate!