How to Checkmate with Rook & Queen
Of all the checkmates in chess, the rook and queen checkmate is by far the simplest way to checkmate your opponent. (With the exception of having 2 queens by moving your pawn to the other side of the chessboard.) Regardless, so long as you are not pressed for time in the chess match, when you are in this position, the game will be over very soon.
Checkmating your opponent with a rook and a queen is almost identical to checkmating with 2 rooks. The only difference is you now have the bonus of having a queen.
How to Checkmate with the Rook & Queen
The only mistake that can be made with this checkmate is either by mistakenly moving one of these chess pieces in a positioned to be captured, or by moving your opponent’s King into stalemate.
(Stalemate is when your opponent’s King is not in check, but also has no place it can move without being captured.)
In order to checkmate your opponent, position your rook and queen several spaces away from your opponent’s King. Once you have done this, begin continuously moving the King toward the end of the chessboard, one row at a time, until the King is finally placed in checkmate.
While in the scenario above the King is placed in checkmate in row 8, the King can be checkmated also on row 1 or row h or a. The main goal is to gradually move the King toward one end of the chessboard until finally placed in checkmate.