Chess Puzzle by Ernst Gruenfeld

Chess Puzzle 61

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Chess Puzzle 61: White to move and win
White to move and win
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 61 Solution Hints
Sacrifice the White rook and go for the queen vs pawn endgame. But it does matter how to sacrifice the rook… White must enter the queen vs pawn endgame when the Black pawn is on the 3rd rank — not on the 2nd. Below the puzzle answer, find a useful video link on the queen vs pawn endgame.

Puzzle 61 Data
1. Author: Gruenfeld Ernst
If you know chess openings, you must know this name.
2. Year:    1905

About the Author
Ernst Franz Gruenfeld (1893–1962) was a leading Austrian chess grandmaster and chess writer, mainly on opening theory. He lost a leg in his early childhood. In 1922, he introduced his most important contribution to opening theory — the Gruenfeld Defence

Puzzle Recommendation
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When you have seen the solution, you are recommended to set up the position and replay the puzzle again. Pay your attention to the moves marked as strong and to those as weak. Learn the winning ideas of the chess endgame.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Picture of chess puzzle 61

The Puzzle Answer
1. Ra3!!     Kxa3
[1. ab? Kxa1 2. b6 a4 3. b7 a3 4. b8=Q a2 1/2-1/2]
[1… b4?? 2. Rg3 b3 3. Rg5 Ka3 4. Rxa5 b2 5. Rb5 1:0]
2. ab        a4
3. b6        Ka2
4. b7        a3
5. b8=Q    1-0
[Note: The Black pawn is on the 3rd rank and White can easily win. For example: 5… Ka1 6. Qe5+ Kb1 7. Qb5+ Ka1 8. Qc5 Kb2 9. Qb4+ Ka2 10. Qc3 Kb1 11. Qxa3]

As an useful follow-up to this puzzle, you can see:
Video: Queen vs Pawn on 7th Rank

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Chess puzzle by Ernst Gruenfeld. Puzzle year: 1905. Sacrifice the rook and go for the Queen vs Pawn endgame.

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