• White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]
• Puzzle 97 Solution Hints
Queen and 1 pawn vs queen and 3 pawns — White to win. Learn this beautiful chess endgame puzzle by Alexei Troitzky and find the only way to win. Hint 1: To correctly begin, White must deliver check...
• Puzzle 97 Data
1. Author: Alexei Troitzky
2. Year: 1899
• About the Author
Alexei Troitzky (1866-1942) was a Russian chess composer. He is considered to be one of the greatest chess composers on endgame study. He was awarded the title of chess master on chess composition in 1934. He died of starvation during World War II in the besieged Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1942. His last chess notes on endgame study have been lost.
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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #
• The Puzzle Answer
1. Qe4+ Kh5 [the only move for Black]
2. Qh7+ Qh6 [2... Kg4? 3. Qh3+ 1-0]
3. Qf5!! c5
[See why 3... c5 is the only possibility for Black]
4. e6 c4
5. e7 Qc6+
6. Qf3+ 1-0
[White pawn promoted, Black pawn not]
[There was zugzwang on the 3rd move]
[Black had too many pawns — 2 bad pawns...]
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