Today’s chess quiz

SPRAGGETT ON CHESS

We like to think that , given a reasonable amount of time and effort, we could solve any chess problem or composition without moving the pieces.  And why not (?)–any master level player has all of the necessary skills to do so!
However, in LIFE things are never as simple as they first appear to be.  First, the composer tries to be as subtle as possible in the manner in which he ‘hides’  or masks his idea… more often than not the most natural and logical approach is infact just the wrong route that the problemist wanted us to pursue!  And secondly–perhaps even more important–each of us rarely plays as well as we are capable of  on any given day.  Solving some chess problems and compositions needs more than just a reasonable amount of time and effort…
The following study by Juri Makletsov was published in 1977 and falls into the goup of studies/compositions described above.  I had great fun–and frustration–in trying to solve it.  I hope you do too.
SOLUTION LATER TONIGHT.
1977  J.Makletsov
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN

SOLUTION

1.d6-ch!  Bxd6  2.b6-ch!  Kb8! (2…Kxb6 allows 3.Rxd6 with check)  3.Rxd6  Rxe8-ch  4.Kg7 (threatening 5.Kf7)  4…Rxe7-ch  5.Kf8!

An amazing position!  The Rook is trapped and has only one escape square:

5…Rb7  6.Rd8 mate!

A beautiful conception!

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