Chess Puzzle 78

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Chess endgame puzzle 78
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 78 Solution Hints
This chess puzzle is not easy but it is beautiful and useful... Useful for learning the typical maneuver in the rook endgame... 2 rooks vs 2 rooks and pawns. Hint 1: To begin, move the bottom rook to the right to check... Hint 2: Then move the same rook to the left to check again... Hint 3: Then move the same rook to the left to check one more and take a Black rook... Hint 4: Make the mate threats to win...

Puzzle 78 Data
1. Author: Samuel Loyd, the United States of America.
2. Year:    1859

About the Author
Samuel Loyd is considered the greatest American author of brain-teaser puzzles. He was born in Philadelphia on January 30, 1841 and raised in New York. He was fond of chess and chess composition. As a chess composer, he authored a number of beautiful chess problems. In his time, Samuel Loyd was one of the best chess players in the United States of America. He was also a puzzle author and recreational mathematician. Samuel Loyd passed away on April 10, 1911. Following his death, his book Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles was published by his son in 1914.

Puzzle Recommendation
You may solve this chess puzzle online from the computer's screen or using a real chess board. If the latter, please revisit this page for the answer next time. You can find the puzzle answer at the bottom of this page.

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 78

The Puzzle Answer
1. Rh1+    Kg7
2. Rg1+    Kf7
[2... Kh7?? 3. Rh2#]
3. Rf1+     Ke8
[3... Ke7 4. Rb7+ Kd8 5. Kd6 Kc8 6. Rfb1 Rd8+ 7.Kxc6 1-0]
[3... Ke7 4. Rb7+ Ke8 5. Rxf8 Rxf8 6. Kxe6 1-0]
[3... Ke7 4. Rb7+ Ke8 5. Rxf8 Kxf8 6. Kf6 1-0]
4. Rxf8     Rxf8
[4... Kxf8 5. Kf6! 1-0]
5. Kxe6!    1-0

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