White to Play

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In Pavasovic-Gruskovnjak, Slovenia, 2002, White found the quickest way to end it all. Can you?

Yes, 1.Nxf7 will win; however, the most precise finish was: 1.Nxf7 Rxf7 2.Bxf7+ Kxf7 3.Qe6+ Kg6 [3...Kf8 4.Rxf6+ gxf6 5.Bh6#] 4.Rg5+ Kh6 5.Qh3+ Nh5 6.Qxh5# This position can also arise from isolated queen pawn games (e.g., Panov-Botvinnik Attack in the Caro-Kann or Queen’s Gambit), so it’s a useful pattern to learn.

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