Chess Puzzle 48

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Chess Puzzle 48: White to move and win
White to move and win
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Puzzle 48 Solution Hints
You may find that the only way to win this position is to use the zugzwang idea in the pawn endgame. You may also find that this puzzle is an easy one. But you might not solve this puzzle for the first time. If you think that moving the pawn on c4 is the first correct move, it is not... The first White move is not to be made by pawn...

Puzzle 48 Data
1. Author: Bone, William (1810-1874); England.
2. Year:    1841

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 48

The Puzzle Answer
1. Kc4!      f5
[After 1. Kc4!, Black has 2 legal moves: 1... f5 and 1... d5]
[If 1... d5+, then 2. Kc5 d4 3. cd# 1-0,]
[or 2... f5 3. g5 d4 4. cd# 1-0]
2. g5         d5+
3. Kc5       d4
[Zugzwang: 3... d4 is the only legal move for Black]
4. cd#       1-0

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Zugzwang idea in the pawn endgame. Moving the pawn on c4 is not correct... Chess puzzle 48 at Author: Bone, William; England. Year: 1841.

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