Bishop and pawn vs king endgame puzzle

Chess Puzzle 54

A best endgame puzzle in chess. Famous and beautiful.
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Chess Puzzle 54: White to move and win
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 54 Solution Hints
The White pawn, which is blocked by a friendly piece, will move up for promotion. If the Black King takes the pawn or is first on h8, Black will draw… There is the only way to promote the pawn and win. First move the bishop up to the only correct square… The beautiful bishop move — learn it to understand its purpose.

Puzzle 54 Data
1. Author: O. Frink
2. Year:    1923

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 54

The Puzzle Answer
1. Bd7!!     Ke3!
[1.Bd7!! is the only winning move, see below why…]
[1… Kg2? 2. h4 1-0]
2. h4        Ke4!
[2… Kf4? 3. Kd4! ‘the Black king will be cut off 1-0]
3. h5        Ke5
4. h6        Kf6
5. Be8!!     1-0
[Learn this typical blockage created by bishop and pawn]
[The Black king cannot move on g7 and g6]
[The bishop moved 1. Bd7 to step now on e8 to cut off the king]

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Bishop and pawn together. Find the only solution how to promote the pawn. Move the bishop first on the only correct square... Author - O. Frink. Year - 1923.

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