Test your chess: daily chess puzzle #7

allanbeardsworth

White to play and win

S Bhawoodien v S Pearson 1998

The motif clearly to prevent the king from running away, and so trying 1 Rf5 is natural, and after the forced 1…gf, 2 Rf1.

Then it is a question of what black does. His best is the attempt to block with 2…Nf3 but then 3 Rf3 Ra5 is met by 4 Qh5!

Black can’t play 4…Rf8 because of mate on h7, so must permit Qf7+ pushing the king to the h file, which is met by the rook lift Rf4-h4.

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