Chess Puzzle 79

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chess endgame puzzle 79
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 79 Solution Hints
If you read the following hints, you will spend less time at solving this beautiful chess endgame puzzle... Useful for practicing zwischenzug or intermediate move... Hint 1: If the first move is made by the bishop, White will not win... Hint 2: If the first move is made by the knight, White will not win as well... Hint 3: This chess puzzle is implementation of zwischenzug or intermediate move chess tactic.

Puzzle 79 Data
1. Author: Ernest Pogosjants, the former USSR.
2. Year:    1976

About the Author
Ernest Pogosjants is a famous chess composer. He was born and lived in the former USSR (19351990). Mathematician by profession, he was fond of chess. Ernest Pogosjants got the grandmaster title in 1988. 4 times he became the bronze winner of the USSR chess championships. He is the author of at least 2000 endgame studies. He took part in many chess composition tournaments and won at least 50 first prizes.

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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 endgame puzzle 79

The Puzzle Answer
1. Ke7!    Kxb8
[1. Kd8? Kxb8 2. Kxd7 Ka8 3. Kc7 1/2-1/2]
[If 1... d5 2. Nc6 Black will be checkmated]
[1. Ke7 is zwischenzug or intermediate move]
2. Kd6!    Ka8
[2. Kd6! is to temporary block the Black pawn]
[Think for what the intermediate move was used]
3. Kc7     d6
4. Bb7#   1-0

Note. Zwischenzug or intermediate move is a chess tactic. The general idea of this tactic is to make a quite "waiting" move which usually results in a win. The following link will show you in a visible way all chess tactics used in chess:
All Chess Tactics Video

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