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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Daily Chess Puzzle 31.

Pin It Daily Chess Puzzle 31.

At first glance, this position looks completely hopeless for White because he can't prevent Black from corwning his h2-pawn with check. However, White has only one pawn that can move, so he plays for stalemate with 1 h7+ Kh8 2 Bg7+ Kxh7 ( now white has no more pawn moves, but his King seems to have plenty of places to go) 3 Ba1+! ( excellent ) this move takes the a1- square away from the White King and simultaneously deprives the Bishop of any moves) 5 ... h1=Q ( forced because White threatens to stop the Promotion with Rc1; White now gets rid of his last mobile piece) 6 Rh8+! Kxh6 STalemate.

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