Chess Puzzle 77

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chess endgame puzzle 77
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 77 Solution Hints
At solving this beautiful puzzle, you may spend some time even with the following hints... Hint 1: Move the rook to check and the Black king will have only 2 squares to retreat: to the left or right... Hint 2: If it moves to the left move the knight to the left too... If to the right move the knight to the right. Hint 3: At last, checkmate with the knight to win. Hint 4: Sometimes, the checkmate with the knight is not visible enough... Hint 5: Think also how to win this endgame if Black takes the rook instead of promoting his pawn analyze the solution to understand the variations.

Puzzle 77 Data
1. Author: Jindrich Fritz, Czechoslovakia.
2. Year:    1951

About the Author
Jindrich Fritz is a famous chess composer from the former Czechoslovakia. He was born in 1912 and died in 1984. Jindrich Fritz was a lawyer by profession, and a grandmaster of chess composition and an international chess arbiter. He is the author of at least 500 chess studies and problems, and 2 chess books on the chess composition. Jindrich Fritz lived in the same country as Richard Reti.

Puzzle Recommendation
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Try to solve the chess puzzle by yourself. You are advised to carefully analyze the position, recheck your solution, and only then to see the answer to the chess puzzle below. Please do not look down at the puzzle answer before the time.

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 endgame puzzle 77

The Puzzle Answer
1. Rb6+!    Ka5
[Black had 2 moves: 1... Ka5 and 1... Kc5]
[1... Kc5?? 2. Nc3! e1=Q 3. Na4#]
2. Na3!      e1=Q
[2... Kxb6 3. Nc2 Ka5 3. Kd3! (not 3.Kxe3?) 1-0]
[If 3. Kxe3?, then 3... e1=Q 4. Nxe1 Kb4 1/2-1/2]
3. Nc4#    1-0

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