Forced Stalemate

Chess Puzzle 72

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Chess puzzle 72: White to move and draw. Author: F. Sackmann
White to move and draw       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
White is limited in power. The White King has been locked at the corner. The White bishop must not leave the d1-a4 diagonal because of Nc2#. And the only way to draw is… Hint 1: Use a Stalemate combination. Forced StalemateHint 2: First be ready to sacrifice and move the bishop to the left…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Franz Sackmann, Germany.
2. Year:    1912.

* About Franz Sackmann
Franz Sackmann is a famous chess composer. He was born in Germany in 1888. Franz Sackmann died in 1927. He is the authors of at least 120 chess puzzles.

* The Puzzle Recommendation
You are recommended to write down the Puzzle initial position and set up the Puzzle on the real chess board. If you are a chess beginner, please read the Puzzle Hints before solving. If you are a chess master, you must solve the puzzle without reading the Puzzle Hints. After solving, you can revisit this page to see the puzzle solution (answer) below.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess puzzle by F. Sackmann. Puzzle year: 1912

* The Puzzle Answer
1.Bb3!      c3
[1… Kxb3 or 1… cxb3 Stalemate 1/2-1/2]
2.Bxa2      c2
3.Bb1!      c1=Q
Stalemate [Forced Stalemate] 1/2-1/2

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