Knight to Checkmate

Chess Puzzle 41

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Chess Puzzle 41: White to move and win.
White to move and win       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
Take this puzzle as a small brain teaser. A typical position. The opponent King is locked at a corner. Supported only by its King, the knight to checkmate. The White move order: knight, knight, King, knight – 4 moves in total and checkmate.

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Pogosjants, E.
2. Year:    1982.

* The Puzzle Recommendation
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Try to solve the Chess Puzzle by yourself. You are advised to carefully analize the position, recheck your solution, and only then to see the answer to the Chess Puzzle below. Please do not look down at the Puzzle Answer before the time.

When you have seen the solution, you are recommended to set up the position and replay the puzzle again. Pay your attention to the moves marked as strong and to those as weak. Try to understand why another moves are not shown in the solution.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Picture of chess puzzle 41

* The Puzzle Answer
1. Nb6+      Kb8
[1… Kb8 is the only legal move for Black]
2. Nd7+      Ka8
[2… Ka8 is the only legal move for Black]
3. Kc8        b5
4. Nb6#      1-0
[Black is also checkmated under 3… b6 or 3… N~]

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The Knight to checkmate. The White move order: Knight, Knight, King, Knight. Puzzle 41. Pogosjants, E. Year - 1982.

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