Brain Teaser

How does white win this? Can you find the winning plan without consulting the Nalimov Tablebase?

Mandil 1943

n3K3/8/B7/7p/8/8/8/k2N4 w - - 0 1

Comments
No. 1-8
DaveCubby
DaveCubby

Yeah, exactly right!! 1. Kd7!! - White kills two birds with one stone by limiting Black King’s mobility and trapping Black Knight. Kudos to Alena!!

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

Yes, 4.Nc3 in the line Alena gave is a truly beautiful move in this puzzle.

illyrialady
illyrialady

The "most resistant line" you give, Alena, is quite beautiful as well as being somewhat humorous, with the White knight cutting off 2 squares for the Black king and 2 squares for the Black knight, as well as the Black knight cutting off the remaining square for its own king.

Surpriselover
Surpriselover

Bc4! If knight ...b6, Bb3 and the plan to me looks good.

Alena
Alena

I think It looks like the most resistant line.

1.Kd7 Nb6+
2.Kc6 Na4
3.Bb5 Nb2
4.Nc3 h4
5.Kd5 h3
6.Kd4 h2
7.Bc6 Nc4
8.Kxc4

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