Chess Puzzle on Discovered Check

Chess Puzzle 74

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
Beautiful chess puzzle on the discovered check. If White conducts the discovered check combination, Black will not survive – even with a newly born Queen. Will you find this discovered check combination? Hint 1: Move the bishop on the initial position to deliver the discovered check. Hint 2: Then the beautiful move by the rook… Hint 3: Forced win combination in 5 moves.

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Byron Zappas, Greece.
2. Year:    1972.

* About Byron Zappas
Byron Zappas was born in Greece in 1927. He dedicated his life to education and chess. By profession, he studied economics and became a professor. He learned chess at the age of 14. As member of the Cypriot team he participated in Chess Olympiad 1964 in Israel. Byron Zappas is the author of at least 400 chess puzzles. He was the only Greek Grandmaster for chess composition. Byron Zappas passed away in 2008.

* 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.Bd5!        d1=Q
[1.Bd5 is to prepare the discovered check]
2.Rd6+!!     Kh8
[2… Kf8?? 3.Rd8#]
3.Rd8+       Kh7
4.Bg8+       Kh8
5.Rxd1       1-0

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