Chess Puzzle 29

A best endgame puzzle in chess. Famous and beautiful.
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Chess Puzzle 29: White to move and win
White to move and win       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
A famous and beautiful chess puzzle by the Platov brothers. This puzzle is designed for the chess players rated 2200-2400. Learn how strong the knight may be at the endgame, even against the Queen. White is not able to prevent the promotion. The bishop is the first White piece to move... Then 2 very beautiful and very strong moves by the knight...

* The Puzzle Data
1. Authors: Platov Mikhail, Platov Vasily, the brothers.
2. Year:     1909

* The Puzzle Recommendation
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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 29

* The Puzzle Answer
1. Bf6           d4
2. Ne2!!        a1=Q
[If 2.Bxd4+?, then 2... Kxd4 3.Ne2+ Ke3 4.Nc1 a1=Q 0-1]
3. Nc1!!         ...
[See the checkmate threat: 4. Bg5#!!]
[If 3.Bxd4+?, then 3... Qxd4 4.Nxd4 Kxd4 5.Kf4 Kxd3]
[6.Kg5 Ke4 7.Kh6 Kf5 8.Kxh7 Kf6! 1/2-1/2]
3. ...            Qa5
[To defend against the checkmate]
[If 3... Qxc1, then 4.Bg5+ 1-0]
[If 3... Kd2, then 4.Nb3+ 1-0]
4. Bxd4+!       Kxd4
5. Nb3+         1-0
[Knight fork with check to take queen]

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