Catch the queen

Chess Puzzle 43

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Chess Puzzle 43: White to move and win
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 43 Solution Hints
Try to catch the Queen! It is possible to do in this position. If you are not rated at least 2000, you are recommended to read the following hints… First, move the White rook to check and the Black king will have only 1 square to retreat (actually 2, but 1 square is bad because of knight fork). Then find the brilliant move by the White king to prepare a powerful attack. At last, find the winning moves for each Black retreat.

Puzzle 43 Data
1. Author: Platov M
2. Year:    1903

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 43

The Puzzle Answer
1. Rf1+      Ke5
[1… Ke6? 2. Nc7+ 1-0]
2. Kg5!!     Qa2
[White made skewer threat 3. Rf5+ then 4. Rf6+]
[2… Kd5? 3. Nc7+ 1-0]
[2… b6? 3. Re1+ Kd5 4. Nc7+ 1-0]
[2… Qa8? 3. Re1+ Kd5 4. Nc7+ 1-0]
[Find how to win for White if 2… Qc6 (Qb6, Qe6, Qxb5, Qa5, or Qa4)]
[Always skewer threat or knight fork – learn]
3. Re1+      Kd5
4. Nc3+      1-0

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Catch the Queen! First, move the White rook to check. Then find the brilliant move by the White King to attack. At last,... Puzzle 43. Platov, M. Year - 1903.

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