Chess Puzzle 74

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Chess endgame puzzle 74
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 74 Solution Hints
Beautiful chess puzzle on the discovered check. If White conducts the discovered check combination, Black will not survive even with a newly born queen which will be taken. Will you find this discovered check combination? Hint 1: Move the bishop on the initial position for preparing to deliver the discovered check. Hint 2: Then the beautiful move by the rook... Hint 3: It is a forced winning combination in 5 moves.

Puzzle 74 Data
1. Author: Byron Zappas, Greece.
2. Year:    1972

About the Author
Byron Zappas was born in Greece in 1927. He dedicated his life to education and chess. By profession, he studied economics and became a professor. He learned chess at the age of 14. As member of the Cypriot team he participated in Chess Olympiad 1964 in Israel. Byron Zappas is the author of at least 400 chess puzzles. He was the only Greek Grandmaster for chess composition. Byron Zappas passed away in 2008.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess endgame puzzle 74

The Puzzle Answer
1. Bd5!        d1=Q
[1.Bd5 is to prepare the discovered check]
2. Rd6+!!     Kh8
[2... Kf8?? 3. Rd8#]
3. Rd8+       Kh7
4. Bg8+       Kh8
5. Rxd1       1-0

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