Chess Puzzle by Michail Platov

Chess Puzzle 81

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
Not easy chess puzzle but nice one to enjoy solving and to learn more in chess. The bishop and knight should strip off the Black Queen. Hint 1: The 1st move looks crazy but move the bishop to attack the Queen and the Queen will have only 1 square to retreat. Hint 2: Then 4 jumps with the knight…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Michail Platov; Latvia, USSR.
2. Year:   1903.

* About Michail Platov
Michail Platov is one of the famous Platov brothers (together with Vassiliy). The both made a great contribution to the world chess composition. The Platov brothers usually worked as one team; some chess compositions were created separately. Michail Platov was the younger and lesser-known of the two brothers. As his brother, Michail Platov (1883-1942) was born in Latvia. When Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, it turned into the tragedy for Michail. He said something on Stalin and was reported to the NKVD. He ended his life in a GULAG camp.

* 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.Bd7!     Qb6
[b6 is the only safe square to retreat]
[See 1… Qxd7? 2.Nf6+ Ke6 3.Nxd7 Kxd7…]
[…4.b5 Kc7 5.exd6+ Kxd6 6.b6 1-0]
[See 1… Qa8? 2.Nc7+ 1-0]
2.Nf6+     Kxe5
[2… Kxe5 is the only legal move]
3.Ng4+     Kd5
[3… Kd5 is the only legal move]
4.Ne3+     Ke5
5.Nxc4+   1-0

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