White to move. Is this a win or draw? How should white proceed?
- Kc2! Ka2, 2. Nc4! Ka1, 3. Nf7! h5, 4. Nd6 h4, 5. Nb5 h3, 6. Nc3 h2, 7. Nd2 h1=Q, 8. Nb3# 1-0
My first thought was 1.Nc4 Kb1 2.Nb2 (trapping the king; 2.Kd2 and 3.Kc2 is another way) Kc1 3.Ng4 h5 4.Nf2 h4 5.Nd3+ Kb1 6.Kb3 h3 7.Na4 h2 8.Nc3+ Ka1 9.Ne1 h1=Q 10.Nc2#. Faster is 1.Kc2! Ka2 2.Nc4! Ka1 3.Nf5 h5 4.Nd4 h4 5.Nb3+ Ka2 6.Nc1+ Ka1 7.Na5 h3 8.Nab3#.