Chess Puzzle by Ernest Pogosjants

Chess Puzzle 79

A best endgame puzzle in chess. Famous and beautiful.
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White to move and win       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
If you read the following hints, you will spend less time at solving this beautiful chess puzzle… Useful for practicing zwischenzug or intermediate move… Hint 1: If the first move is made by the bishop, White will not win… Hint 2: If the first move is made by the knight, White will not win as well… Hint 3: This chess puzzle is implementation of zwischenzug or intermediate move chess tactic.

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Ernest Pogosjants, the former USSR.
2. Year:    1976.

* About Ernest Pogosjants
Ernest Pogosjants is a famous chess composer. He was born and lived in the former USSR (1935–1990). Mathematician by profession, he was fond of chess. Ernest Pogosjants got the grandmaster title in 1988. 4 times he became the bronze winner of the USSR chess championships. He is the author of at least 2000 endgame studies. He took part in many chess composition tournaments and won at least 50 first prizes.

* The Puzzle Recommendation
You are recommended to write down the Puzzle initial position and set up the Puzzle on the real chess board. If you are a chess beginner, please read the Puzzle Hints before solving. If you are a chess master, you must solve the puzzle without reading the Puzzle Hints. After solving, you can revisit this page to see the puzzle solution (answer) below.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

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* The Puzzle Answer
1.Ke7!    Kxb8
[If 1.Kd8?, then 1… Kxb8 2.Kxd7 Ka8 3.Kc7 – stalemate]
[1.Ke7 is zwischenzug or intermediate "waiting" move]
[If 1… d5 2.Nc6 – Black will be checkmated]
2.Kd6!    Ka8
[2.Kd6! is to temporary block the Black pawn]
[The pawn blocked, 2… Ka8 is the only legal Black move]
3.Kc7     d6
4.Bb7#   1-0

Note. Zwischenzug or intermediate move is a chess tactic. The general idea of this tactic is to make a quite "waiting" move which usually results in a win. The following link will show you in a visible way all chess tactics used in chess:
All Chess Tactics Used in Chess – Video

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