Black got a bit too clever for his own good in this game. His “final” mistake was checking with the queen at a5. Why was this really awful?
Here’s a question for you. Black has played his knight to h5, not a very good square in the opening. He should be developing his other pieces before sticking his knight out there. Your question is this: should you play 7.Nxe5, and, after Black recaptures the knight, then play 8.Qxh5?
Black thought, by exchanging queens and other material, he could get out of trouble, but White was tactically alert. What did he see?
Here’s another test of your skills at working out all the lines of a mating attack.
If you have spent any length of time with this puzzle column, you have to know White’s first move here! The question, however, is whether you can see all the lines that demonstrate how White wins here.