Chess puzzle by Leonid Kubbel

Chess Puzzle 70

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Chess puzzle 70: White to move and win. Author: Leonid Kubbel. Puzzle year: 1928
White to move and win       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
White has to loose the knight or bishop. See 1… de or 1… d6+. Because of this, White must choose which piece to save. Hint 1: Save the bishop and move it away… Hint 2: Move again the bishop to block the Black pawn on h7… Hint 3: Checkmate with the King and bishop. Hint 4: If the Black King tries to leave the corner, take all the pawns and checkmate with knight and bishop…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Leonid Kubbel, Russia.
2. Year:    1928.

* About Leonid Kubbel
The author of more than 1500 chess endgame studies, Leonid Kubbel (1891-1942) was a Russian chess composer – one of the greatest of all endgame composers. By profession, Leonid Kubbel was a chemical engineer. He had 2 brothers, Arvid and Evgeny, who were chess players. Leonid Kubbel died of starvation in 1942 during the Nazi siege of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) during the World War II. Leonid Kubbel stands at the same line of the famous Russian composers as A. Troitzky, M. Platov, V. Platov.

* 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. Puzzle year: 1928. See the puzzle answer below.

* The Puzzle Answer
1.Be3!!      de
2.Bh6        Kg8
3.Kxe6       Kh8
4.Kf7         e5
5.Bg7#      1:0

[If the Black King tries to leave the corner…]
1.Be3!! Kg8 2.Bh6 Kf7 3.Nf8 d6+ 4.Kf5 d5 5.Ke5 d4 6.Kxd4 Kf6 7.Ke4 e6 8.Kf4 e5+ 9.Ke4 Kf7 10.Kxe5 Ke7 11.Nxh7 1-0
[Now checkmate with knight and bishop]

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