White to move. How should white proceed?

# Daily Chess Improvement: Classic Chess Tactic!

This is based on a chess puzzles created by David Gurgenidze

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No. 1-3

- Rc1+!!! bxc1=Q+
- Rxc1+

a) 2...Bb1, 3. Nc2#! b) 2...Rb1, 3. Nb3#!

Rc1+!! b1=N+! or 1...b1=Q

Rxb1+!

a) 2...Rxb1 3. Rc2!!! Be5 5. Ra2+!!! Bxa2 6. Nc2#!

b) 2...Bxb1 3. Nxb5 Bf5 4. Rc3 Kb1 5. Nd4! Ka1 6. Nb3+! Kb1 7. Rc7 Bxb3 8. Kxb3 Ka1 9. Rc1#

a) 1. Rc1+ bxc1Q 2. Rxc1+ Rb1 3. Nb3# (or 2. ... Bb1 3. Nc2#) b) 1. ... b1N+ 2. Rxb1 Rxb1 3. Nb3+ Rxb3 4. Kxb3 c) 1. ... b1N+ 2. Rxb1 Kxb1 3. Nxb5 In both lines b and c, White has won endgames

Editor

Am I missing something here? Doesn't 1.Rc1 b1(N)+ 2.Rxb1 win convincingly? 1....bxc1(Q) is a quick mate, and 2........Rxb1 is also a quick mate.