Thursday puzzle / game

Thursday puzzle / game

White to play and win

This superb study by Martin Minski recently won 10th prize in the Sergey Zakharov Memorial study composition tournament. Realistically, White has a choice between 1.c7 and 1.d7 as the first move, one of which leads to a draw. The other would also lead to a draw were it not for a stunning twist teed up on move 3. This is quite a hard study, but worth playing through the solution even if you don’t fancy trying to solve it.

Solution