Chess Puzzle by Jindrich Fritz

Chess Puzzle 77

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
At solving this beautiful puzzle, you may spend some time – even with the following hints provided… Hint 1: First White must check with his rook and the Black King will have only 2 choices to move: to the left or to the right… Hint 2: If the Black King moves to the left – move the knight to the left too… If to the right – move the knight to the right. Hint 3: At last, checkmate with the knight to win. Hint 4: Sometimes, the checkmate with the knight is not visible enough… Hint 5: You must also think how to win this endgame if Black prefers to take the rook instead of promoting his pawn.

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Jindrich Fritz, Czechoslovakia.
2. Year:    1951.

* About Jindrich Fritz
Jindrich Fritz is a famous chess composer from the former Czechoslovakia. He was born in 1912 and died in 1984. Jindrich Fritz was a lawyer by profession, and a grandmaster of chess composition and an international chess arbiter. He is the author of at least 500 chess studies and problems, and 2 chess books on the chess composition. Jindrich Fritz lived in the same country as Richard Reti.

* 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.Rb6+!    Ka5
[After 1.Rb6+!, Black has 2 moves: 1… Ka5 or 1… Kc5]
[If 1… Kc5, then 2.Nc3 e1=Q 3.Na4#]
2.Na3      e1=Q
[If 2… Kxb6, then 3.Nc2 Ka5 3.Kd3! (but not 3.Kxe3?) 1-0]
[Not 3.Kxe3? because 3… e1=Q 4.Nxe1 Kb4 1/2-1/2]
3.Nc4#    1-0

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