Chess Puzzle 81

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chess endgame puzzle 81
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 81 Solution Hints
Not easy chess ensgame puzzle but very nice to enjoy solving and learn more in chess. The bishop and knight should strip off the Black queen. Hint 1: The 1st move looks crazy but move the bishop to sacrifice and directly attack the queen and the queen will have only 1 square to retreat see. Hint 2: Then 4 jumps with the knight to catch the queen...

Puzzle 81 Data
1. Author: Michail Platov; Latvia, then USSR.
2. Year:   1903.

About the Author
Michail Platov is one of the famous Platov brothers (together with Vassiliy). The both made a great contribution to the world chess composition. The Platov brothers usually worked as one team; some chess compositions were created separately. Michail Platov was the younger and lesser-known of the two brothers. As his brother, Michail Platov (1883-1942) was born in Latvia. When Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, it turned into the tragedy for Michail. He said something on Stalin and was reported to the NKVD. He ended his life in a GULAG camp.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

chess endgame puzzle 81

The Puzzle Answer
1. Bd7!     Qb6
[See: b6 is the only safe square to retreat]
[1... Qxd7? 2. Nf6+ Ke6 3. Nxd7 Kxd7]
[4. b5 Kc7 5. exd6+ Kxd6 6. b6 1-0]
[1... Qa8? 2. Nc7+ 1-0]
2. Nf6+     Kxe5 [the only legal move]
3. Ng4+     Kd5 [the only legal move]
4. Ne3+     Ke5
5. Nxc4+   1-0

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