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Chess Puzzle 42

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Chess Puzzle 42: White to move and draw.
White to move and draw       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
Another brain teaser. The Black pawn is running down for promotion. First move the White King closer to the pawn (now Black must not take the White knight because of draw)… On the second move, move the White King on d6, then free the knight and let it go… This puzzle is not easy – it is better to solve this puzzle on a real chess board.

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Van Altena G.
2. Year:    1941.

* The Puzzle Recommendation
You are recommended not to solve the Chess Puzzle from the computer’s screen. Please set up the Puzzle’s position on the chess board. The Puzzle Answer is at the bottom of the page and you can revisit the page for the answer next time.

Try to solve the Chess Puzzle by yourself. You are advised to carefully analize the position, recheck your solution, and only then to see the answer to the Chess Puzzle below. Please do not look down at the Puzzle Answer before the time.

When you have seen the solution, you are recommended to set up the position and replay the puzzle again. Pay your attention to the moves marked as strong and to those as weak. Try to understand why another moves are not shown in the solution.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Picture of chess puzzle 42

* The Puzzle Answer
1. Ke7        a5
[1… Kc6 2.Ke6 a5 3.Ke5 Kc5 4.Ke4 Kb4 5.Nb6 1/2-1/2]
2. Kd6        a4
3. Nc7        a3
4. Ne6!!      a2
5. Nc5+      Kb6
6. Nb3        Kb5
7. Kd5        Kb4
8. Na1        Kc3
9. Ke4        Kb2
10. Kd3      Kxa1
11. Kc2      1/2-1/2

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Release the knight to catch the pawn. Online chess puzzle 42 at Only the best, famous, and beautiful. Author - Van Altena G. Year - 1941.

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