Chess Puzzle 49

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Chess Puzzle 49: White to move and win
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 49 Solution Hints
The only way to win is the following one. Move the White king down but do not take the Black pawn on g7. Keep the White king going down and let the Black h-pawn be promoted. Do not touch the White rook until the last checkmating move. Analyze why the White king must not take the g7 pawn at the very beginning...

Puzzle 49 Data
1. Author: Moravec, Josef (1882-1970); Chechoslovakia.
2. Year:    1912




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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #



Chess Puzzle 49

The Puzzle Answer
1. Kh7!      h4
[1. Kxg7?? is a bad move for White - see below why]
2. Kg6       h3
[2.Kg6 also blocks Black pawn on g7]
3. Kg5       h2
4. Kg4       h1=Q
5. Kg3!      1-0
[Zugzwang: Black will be checkmated or will lose the queen]
[If 1. Kxg7, Black will win by Qh8 to cover a1 and prevent mate]
[Learn: White did not take pawn on g7, and now...]
[the Black pawn g7 is blocking h8-a1 for the Black queen]









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Move the White king down and do not take the pawn on g7. Keep the king down... Author: Moravec, Josef. Year: 1912

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