Chess Puzzle 118

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Chess endgame puzzle 118
White to move and win
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Puzzle 118 Solution Hints
By material White and Black are equal - 1 rook and bishop against 1 rook and 3 pawns. But the Black king is at a corner, and the White king took opposition... White was thinking a lot and he understood how to win this endgame... Hint 1: The White player first sacrificed his bishop at check and the Black rook had to take it and accept the sacrifice. Hint 2: By having sacrificed the bishop, White opened the f-file to attack the pawn and placed the Black rook on d5. Hint 3: Then White made the mate threat and used it to win the Black rook... Learn this winning idea how to win an opponent piece using the king that makes a mate threat attacking the piece... double attack.

Puzzle 118 Data
1. Author: Ladislav Prokesh
2. Year:    1937

About the Author
Ladislav Prokesh (18841966) is a famous chess composer. He is one of the most prolific chess composers of endgame studies and the author of 1159 compositions. He was born and lived in Prague. Ladislav Prokesh was the Czech Chess Champion in 1921. He played as a member of the Czech Olympiad team in 1927, 1928, and 1930. He is the inventor of the Prokesh maneuver in chess which allows a rook to draw against two advanced pawns in chess endgame.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess endgame puzzle 118

The Puzzle Answer
1. Bd5+!  Rxd5
2. Rxf3    ...
[See White mate threat by Ra3#]
2. ...       Ka7
3. Kc7     Ka6
4. Kc6!    1-0
[King double attack - mate threat with attack on rook]
[To avoid mate, Black will have to play 4... Ka5]
[The Black rook will be lost - Did you get the idea?]
[Bishop sacrifice to place rook on d5 and make mate threat]
[Then king with mate threats until double attack on rook]

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