Chess Puzzle 86

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chess endgame puzzle 86
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 86 Solution Hints
Under the best play of White and Black, White must mate the Black king in 4 moves. Take this chess endgame puzzle as mate in 4. Hint 1: First move the light bishop on d5. Do not move it on h7 because it is a draw see solution. Hint 2: Then move the White king to be closer to checkmate in 4... Black has to think how to defend h1.

Puzzle 86 Data
1. Author: Henri Rinck, France.
2. Year:    1918

About the Author
Henri Rinck is a famous chess composer of all times. He is considered a architect of modern chess composition. His name is well-known to the real lovers of chess endgame study. Henri Rinck was born in France on January 10, 1870. He graduated as a chemical engineer and discovered a refining process for green vegetal oils. He was fond of chess. Henri Rinck is the author of more than 1600 endgame studies. He died in Spain on February 17, 1952.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

chess endgame puzzle 86

The Puzzle Answer
1. Bd5        e4
[1. Bd5 is to attack h1, 1... e4 to defend]
[1. Bh7+? Kg4 2. Be4 Kxh4 3. Bh1 Kg3
4. e4 Kf2 5. Ke7 Kg1 6. Bf3 Kf2! 1/2-1/2]

2. Kf7!        h1=Q
[2... Kg4 3. Bxe4 Kxh4 4. Bh1 1-0]
3. Be6+      Ke5
[3... Ke5 is the only legal move for Black]
4. Bg3#     1-0

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