Mate in 4

Chess Puzzle 86

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
Take this chess puzzle as mate in 4: Under the best play of White and Black, White must mate the Black king in 4 moves. Hint 1: First move the light bishop on d5. Do not move it on h7 because it is a draw; see solution. Hint 2: Then move the White king to be closer to checkmate in 4…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Henri Rinck; France.
2. Year:    1918.

* About Henri Rinck
Henri Rinck is a famous chess composer of all times. He is considered a architect of modern chess composition. His name is well-known to the real lovers of chess endgame study. Henri Rinck was born in France on January 10, 1870. He graduated as a chemical engineer and discovered a refining process for green vegetal oils. He was fond of chess. Henri Rinck is the author of more than 1600 endgame studies. He died in Spain on February 17, 1952.

* 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 #
Mate in 4

* The Puzzle Answer
1.Bd5        e4
[1.Bh7+? Kg4 2.Be4 Kxh4 3.Bh1 Kg3 4.e4 Kf2 5.Ke7 Kg1 6.Bf3 Kf2! 1/2-1/2]
2.Kf7        h1=Q
[2… Kg4 3.Bxe4 Kxh4 4.Bh1 1-0]
3.Be6+      Ke5
[3… Ke5 is the only legal move for Black]
4.Bg3#     1-0

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