Chess Puzzle 43

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Chess Puzzle 43: White to move and win
White to move and win
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Puzzle 43 Solution Hints
Try to trap the queen! It is possible to trap the Black queen in this position. If you are not rated at least 1500, you are recommended to read the puzzle hints that follow... Hint 1: First move the White rook to check and the Black king will have only one square to retreat (actually two squares, but one of them is bad because of the knight fork). Hint 2: Then find the brilliant move by the White king to limit the Black king in movement and prepare a powerful skewer attack. Hint 3: At last, find the winning moves for each Black retreat to trap the queen via rook skewer or knight fork.

Puzzle 43 Data
1. Author: Mikhail Platov
2. Year:    1903

About the Author
Vasily Platov (1881-1952) and Mikhail Platov (1883-1938) were the brothers and famous Latvian-Russian chess composers that teamed together to create chess endgames. In 1928 they wrote "Selection of Chess Studies." Mikhail Platov was the younger and lesser-known of the famous Platov brothers. He had said a wrong word about Stalin and was reported to NKVD. He died in a forced labor camp in 1938.

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Chess Puzzle 43

The Puzzle Answer
1. Rf1+      Ke5
[1... Ke6? 2. Nc7+ 1-0]
2. Kg5!!     Qa2
[Skewer threat 3. Rf5+, then 4. Rf6+]
[2... Kd5? 3. Nc7+ 1-0]
[2... b6? 3. Re1+ Kd5 4. Nc7+ 1-0]
[2... Qa8? 3. Re1+ Kd5 4. Nc7+ 1-0]
[2... Qa5? 3. Rf5+ Ke6 4. Nd4+ 1-0]
[2... Qa4? 3. Rf1+ Kd5 4. Nc3+ 1-0]
[The queen has nowhere to move...]
[Find how to win if 2... Qb6, Qc6 Qe6, Qxb5?]
[Always rook skewer or knight fork to trap the queen]
[If 2... Qa5?, then discovered attack via knight check]
3. Re1+      Kd5
4. Nc3+      1-0

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