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Chess Puzzle 33

A best endgame puzzle in chess. Famous and beautiful.
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Chess Puzzle 33: White to move and win
White to move and win       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
White cannot save both the pawn and the bishop. Give up the bishop because the pawn is more important as a candidate for promotion. First move the pawn on a3!! (learn below why not on a4)… The idea is to catch the Black rook, which will be limited in movement after taking the bishop on f1…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Fritz, Jindrich (1912-1984). A famous Czech composer.
2. Year:    Not Specified

* The Puzzle Recommendation
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Try to solve the Chess Puzzle by yourself. You are advised to carefully analize 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.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 33

* The Puzzle Answer
1. a3!!        Rxf1+
[Learn below why 1.a3!! but not 1.a4?]
2. Ke2        Rf4
[2… Rc1? (Rg1, Rh1) 3. Rd1! (or Rd1+!)]
3. Rb3+!     Kc2
4. Rb4!       1-0
[The Black rook has been caught – nowhere to retreat but to take on b4]
[Have you understand why 1.a3!! but not 1.a4?]

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