Ted's Fun & Games A Special Chess Problem

Luzhin starting position

Black to play and win

This layout was the focus of an interesting movie, The Luzhin Defense, in which a chess champion literally drove himself crazy over this favorite end-position of his arch-rival.

See whether you can solve it without going nuts yourself.  Solution below.


Luzhin solution

In order to prevent B-e7 = mate, White had no option of plays at any juncture.

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