Chess Puzzle 66

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Chess puzzle 66: White to move and win
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 66 Solution Hints
If you are a strong chess player, you must solve this puzzle without having read the solution hints. If you are not, please read the hints... Hint 1: The first correct move is not to move the White king. Hint 2: The first correct move is also not to move the White queen. Hint 3: The checkmater is neither the current White queen nor the bishop... Hint 4: You must enjoy solving this endgame puzzle on the forced mate in 5.

Puzzle 66 Data
1. Author: Emanuel Lasker
2. Year:    1895

About the Author
Emanuel Lasker (18681941) was a German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher. He was World Chess Champion for 27 years (1894-1921). He is still regarded as one of the strongest players ever. He also made contributions to the development of other games bridge card game, Go and his own invention, Lasca.

Puzzle Recommendation
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When you have seen the solution, you are recommended to set up the position and replay the puzzle again. Pay your attention to the moves marked as strong and to those as weak. Learn the winning ideas of the chess endgame.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess puzzle by Emanuel Lasker, 1895

The Puzzle Answer
1. Bg8!        Rxg8
[Rook took the bishop otherwise Qh7#]
2. Kf7!        Rxg6
[Rook took the queen otherwise Qg8#]
3. fxg6        c1=Q
4. g7+         Kh7
5. g8=Q#     1-0
[Forced mate in 5]

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Chess puzzle by Emanuel Lasker, 1895. The first correct move is not moving the king... and not the queen.

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