Find The Shortest Mate

This puzzle tortured me for several hours once a few years ago. The first move is quite diabolical.

6nn/8/1p1p1p1p/1K1PkB1p/p2pPp1P/Q2P4/5P2/2B5 w - - 0 1

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Yancey_Ward
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In other words, 1.Qb4 is the wrong start.

Yancey_Ward
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It is the on mate in 4 I ever found in this puzzle, which is why I was so tortured by it. It is a mate in 3.

Alena
Alena

V-1

1.Qb4! a3
2.f3 Nf7
3.Qd2 a2
4.Qxf4#

V-2

1.Qb4 a3
2.f3 a2
3.Bb2 a1=Q
4.Qxd4#



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