# Can White Win This?

Yancey_Ward

4k3/4p3/4N2q/3P4/7p/8/3P4/R1K5 w – – 0 1

Yancey_Ward

4k3/4p3/4N2q/3P4/7p/8/3P4/R1K5 w – – 0 1

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No. 1-3

First I thought of Ra8+ but 1.Ra6 is quite better

I saw the first move instantly.It's a very interesting puzzle too.

1.Ra6! Kf7

2.Nd8+ Kg7

3.Rxh6 Kxh6

4.Nf7+ Kh5

5.Ne5 Kg5

6.Kd1 Kf4

7.Nd3+ Kf3

8.Ke1 Ke4

9.Nb4 Kd4

10.Kf2 Kc4

11.Nc2 Kxd5

12.Kf3 Ke5

13.Kg4 Ke4

14.Ne1 Ke5

15.Kxh4 Kf4

16.Kh3 Kf5

17.Kg3 Ke4

18.Kf2 Kf4

19.Ke2 Ke4

20.d3+ Kf4

21.Kd2 e6

22.Nc2 Ke5

23.Ke3 Kd5

24.d4 Kd6

25.Ke4 Kd7

26.Ke5 Ke7

27.Nb4 Kd7

28.Nd3 Ke7

29.Nf4 Kd7

30.Nxe6 Kc6

31.d5+ Kb6

32.d6 Kc6

33.Nd4+ Kd7

34.Kd5 Kd8

35.Kc6 Ke8

36.Kc7 Kf7

37.d7 Kf6

38.d8=Q+

It's a winning position for white.

It looks like the only chance is 1. Ra6 forcing the win of the Q for a R. 1Kf7 2. Nd8+ Kg7 3 R:h6 K:h6 4. Nf7+ and the N can beat the h-pawn to h1, e g 4...Kh5 5. Ne5 h3 6. Nd3 h2 7. Nf2 Kh4 8. Kd1 Kg3 9. Ke1. Lot of other variations are possible, but the h-pawn can't be promoted without decoying the black K to h1 to allow the white K to get to the e-pawn and free the d5 pawn to promote.