Chess Puzzle 23

Chess Puzzle 23

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Chess Puzzle 23: White to move and draw
White to move and draw       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
The composition idea is the same as in Puzzle 20. Just 3 moves by the White knight will be enough to conduct self-stalemating… The Black will not able to do anything to prevent a draw…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: A. Lifanov.
2. Year:    2002.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 23

* The Puzzle Answer
1. Nd5      h3
[The Black pawn h4 has to move ahead on h3]
[Otherwise it will be stopped by the knight on f4]
2. Nf4       h2
3. Nh5      h1=Q
[Self-stalemate and Draw] 1/2-1/2
[If 3… Kg8, then 4.Ng3]

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