Chess Puzzle 63

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Chess Puzzle 63: White to move and win
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 63 Solution Hints
Step 1: Prevent the h2-pawn promotion: The knight to check, jump back, and to occupy the h1-corner. Step 2: The Black king will have to take the knight... Until this, make 1 move by a pawn and 1 move by the White king... The knight taken - lock the Black king. Step 3: 2 White pawns against 1 Black pawn... Watch stalemate... Simultaneous promotion, but the White queen is first to checkmate.

Puzzle 63 Data
1. Author: Moritz Lewitt
2. Year:    1906

About the Author
Moritz Lewitt (1863-1936) was a Berlin chess player and endgame study composer.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 63

The Puzzle Answer
1. Nf5+ Kg5   2. Ng3  Kf4   3. Nh1  Kf3
4. b4    Kg2   5. Ke2!  Kxh1
[5. Ke2! is to lock the Black king at the corner]
6. Kf2   a5
[6... a5 is the only legal move for Black]
7. a4!!  ab
[If 7. b5? or ba?, then stalemate and draw]
8. a5    b3     9. a6    b2    10. a7  b1=Q
11. a8=Q+  Qe4   12. Qxe4#   1-0

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Chess puzzle by Lewitt, Moritz; 1906. Move the knight to prevent the promotion. Lock the Black King. Simultaneous promotion and checkmate.

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