Chess Puzzle 62

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Chess Puzzle 62: White to move and win
White to move and win
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Puzzle 62 Solution Hints
Hint 1: 1. g8=Q? is a mistake because 1... Rh1+ 2. Kg3 Rg1+. Hint 2: The first correct move is 1. Bd6. Hint 3: Black will have a lot of attempts to fight to the end. Try to find the best moves for White and Black, all of them, and learn the Puzzle Answer. Hint 4: Below the Puzzle Answer, find a useful link on the queen vs rook endgame.

Puzzle 62 Data
1. Author: Platov, V
2. Year:    1906

About the Author
Vassily Platov (18811952), a famous Latvian chess composer. He had the brother Mikhail (18831938), and usually they composed chess compositions together.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 62

The Puzzle Answer
1. Bd6!     Rh1+
[1... Rxd6? 2. g8=Q 1:0]
[1... Rd4+? 2. Kh5 Rg4 3. Bf4+! Kc2 4. Bg5 1:0]

2. Bh2      Rxh2+
3. Kg3      Rh1
4. Kf2!      Rh2+
[4. Kg2? Rh4 5. g8=Q Rg4+ 1/2-1/2]
5. Kf3       Rh3+
6. Kf4       Rh4+
7. Kxf5     Rh5+
8. Kf4       Rh4+
[8.Kf6? Rh6+ 9. Kf7 Rh7 1/2-1/2]
[8.Kf6? Rh6+ 9. Kg5 Rh1 1/2-1/2]
9. Kf3       Rh3+
10. Kg2     1-0
As an useful follow-up to this puzzle, you can see:
Video: Queen vs Rook Endgame

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Chess puzzle by V. Platov. Puzzle year: 1906. Go for the Queen vs Rook endgame. The first correct move is Bd6!

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