Chess Puzzle: Stairway To Heaven

This is a famous endgame study where with an ingenious strategy White avoids stalemate after which White King hurries towards the 8th rank! An instructive King manoeuvre in pawn endgame which every chess player should see!
Palamede Lippmann, Lionel Kieseritzky
Chess Player’s Chronicle (166) 1848
White is winning
This position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN) is: k7/Pp6/1Pp5/2Pp4/3Pp3/4P3/5P2/6K1 w – – 0 0
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  1. 1st comment. Last line was good. Just watched pawn end game in ChessBase channel where white king not capturing pawn and winning.

  2. Qxb2, Bxb2, Rxf1, KGxf1, Rxe1 cheek mate or after Qxb2 if Bxe1 then Qxg2 cheek mate.. 😊

  3. end puzzle: Qxb2. if Bxb2 then Rxf1+ Kxf1 (forced) Re1#. If B does not take b2, black is threatening Qg2#. if Rh2 then Qxh2#. If Bd2 then Qxd2 followed by Qg2# unless Rh2 then Qxh2# or if white plays Qf2 then Qxf2# as the rook on f1 is pinned.

  4. Move is qxb2 bishop is forced to capture queen as there is mating threat therefore Bxb2,Rxf1king is forced to capture rook as there are no moves for king therefore kxf1andRe1#

  5. both the solutions starts from rook e8 to e2.white can prolong the game only with queen sacrifice.

  6. Even capturing the black pawn is winning!

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