Chess Puzzle by Leonid Kubbel

Chess Puzzle 85

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
This chess puzzle is not easy. This chess puzzle is beautiful and useful to learn something new. Here, the crazy rook and bishop are your tool to win. Hint 1: Move the rook and make it crazy. Hint 2: Move the crazy rook again. Hint 3: Your bishop is to stay alarmed being ready for a hunt.

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Leonid Kubbel; Russia, USSR.
2. Year:    1913.

* About Leonid Kubbel
Leonid Kubbel (full name – Leonid Ivanovich Kubbel) is one of the most famous chess composers of all times. His name stands in the same line of the names of Samuel Loyd, Henri Rinck, Alexei Troitzky, Richard Reti. Leonid Kubbel was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1892. He died of starvation in 1942 in the same city during the Nazi siege of Leningrad during World War II. Leonid Kubbel had 2 brothers, Arvid and Evgeny, who were also chess players. His brother Evgeny died of starvation in 1942. His first brother Arvid was executed by the NKVD in 1938. Leonid Kubbel was a chemical engineer by profession. Chess was his second life. Leonid Kubbel is the author of more than 1500 endgame studies.

* 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 #
Chess Puzzle by Leonid Kubbel

* The Puzzle Answer
1.Rb8!      Qh7
[1… Qxb8 2.Bg3+ 1-0]
[1… Qg7 2.Bc3+ 1-0]
[1… Qf7 2.Rf8! Qxf8 3.Bc3+ Kd6 4.Bb4+ 1-0]
[1… Qf7 2.Rf8! Qh7 (Qg7, Qe7, Qd7, Qc7) 3.Bg3# 1-0]
2.Rh8!      Qf7
[2… Qxh8 3.Bc3+ 1-0]
3.Rf8!      Qxf8
4.Bc3+      Kd6
5.Bb4+     1-0

You should know the crazy rook and bishop power. Usually, the crazy rook and bishop are used for hunting the opponent queen. The following is one of the most famous chess puzzle by Henri Rinck with the same idea:
The Crazy Rook and Bishop in Chess Puzzle 22 by Henri Rinck

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