In fact, try a mate-in-two right now! In the position below, white has a very good move that forces
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After Nf7+, black can move Kg8, and there’s no way to checkmate in this position.
Qf7 might look like a scary move since white’s queen is getting closer, but black will just take white’s knight with either the pawn or queen, and white needs the knight in order to checkmate.
With Ng8, black’s rook can simply take the knight if it moves here, and there’s nothing white can do to put the king in checkmate.
Qg8+ is a special kind of checkmate called a smothered mate. It involves sacrificing the queen so that black traps in the king. See--if white’s queen checks black’s king by moving to g8, black can’t take with the king because white’s knight is protecting the queen. However, black can take the queen with its rook. Then white’s knight can move to f7, putting the king in checkmate since nothing can take the knight and black’s king can’t move anywhere.