Block the bishop to promote the pawn

Chess Puzzle 44

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Chess Puzzle 44: White to move and win
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 44 Solution Hints
To win, White must promote the left pawn. The right White pawn is less valuable. But this pawn maybe sacrificed to block the bishop… First move the left pawn… After having a try to solve this puzzle, please learn the solution… This puzzle must give you a few good ideas how to promote in this typical position.

Puzzle 44 Data
1. Author: Otten, Henry (1855-1930); Germany.
2. Year:    1892

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 44

The Puzzle Answer
1. a5       Bf8 [w/ next on c5]
2. Kd5     Bh6 [w/ next on e3]
3. g5+!!   Bxg5
[Pawn sacrifice and naked pawn fork!!]
[The bishop is not able to move on d8]
[3… Kxg5 a6 1-0]
4. Ke4!    Bh4 [w/ next on f2]
5. Kf3     1-0
[The bishop is not able prevent the promotion]

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Block the bishop. First, move on the leftmost pawn. The Bishop may intercept from c5 or e3. Sacrifice and place the king on d4. Author: Otten, Henry. Year: 1892. Puzzle 44.

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