Chess Puzzle by Gregor Werner

Chess Puzzle 64

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Chess Puzzle 64: White to move and win. Author - Werner, Gregor; Germany; 1986
White to move and win       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
It’s not so easy but… Hint 1: 1.Kd2? is wrong because Black plays 1… Bb3 and stops the h5 pawn. Hint 2: 1.h6 is the first correct move – Black plays 1… Bb1 (the best answer). Hint 3: Then, move the King to block… Then, the pawn… The King again… Hint 4: The final phase – Simultaneous promotion and 2 Queens on the board… But White is able to checkmate before the Black Queen moves…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Werner, Gregor. Germany.
2. Year:    1986.

* The Puzzle Recommendation
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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess puzzle by Werner, Gregor; 1986. See the Puzzle answer below.

* The Puzzle Answer
1.h6         …
[1.Kd2?  Bb3]
1…           Bb1
2.Kd2       …
[2.h7?    d2+]
2…           c4
3.h7          c3+
4.Kxc3      …
[4.Kd1?  c2+ 5.Kd2  c1=Q+ 6.Kxc1  d2+]
4….          d2
5.h8=Q      d1=Q
[5… d1=N+  6.Kb3+]
6.Kb4+      Ka2
7.Qa8+      Kb2
8.Qa3+      Kc2
9.Qc3#     1-0

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Chess puzzle by Werner, Gregor; Germany; 1986. Move the pawn first... Simultaneous promotion but White is first to checkmate.

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