Not many people like queen endings.   There are so many squares that they can move to.  It’s so easy to become confused or bogged down in analysis.   Rather than analysing, sometimes I find it’s easier to just think in general terms and try to come up with a idea.   Take the following position for example.

Black has a Queen for Rook and pawn but his King is tied down to that pesky passed pawn.   How is he to make progress?

Jammo's Chess Puzzle #6

Black to move.

ANSWER:

Black has to find a way to force White into zugswang so that he can capture one of the pawns.   If he can win a pawn it should be an easy win.

1…Qe1!

If now 2.Kh3 Qh1+ picks up a pawn, or 2.Rg3 Qe4! wins a pawn also as 3.Kh3 Qh1 is mate!

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