Chess Puzzle 12 on Zugzwang

Chess Puzzle 12

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Chess endgame puzzle 12
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 12 Solution Hints
The first correct move of White may be obvious and visible for you. Yes, move the pawn on to check… But will you find the second one, very beautiful and winning move for White? The second move is connected with zugzwang… This move is made with the rook — just place Black in zugzwang on the second move.

Puzzle 12 Data
1. Author: D. Petrov
2. Year:    1975

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess endgame puzzle 12

The Puzzle Answer
1. a4+    Kb6
[1… Kb6 is the only legal move for Black]
2. Rc8!!  1-0
[Zugzwang! It is a German word for “compulsion to move”]
[Now only the queen may move for Black]
[The queen may move on a8 or b8; each move is loosing]

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