Knight vs bishop and pawn

Chess Puzzle 39

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Chess Puzzle 39: White to move and draw
White to move and draw
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 39 Solution Hints
If the White king moves on a3 to intercept the pawn, Black will take the knight and win. The knight vs bishop and pawn endgame position. To draw, White must take the pawn or … use the stalemate idea. First move the knight next to the White King – the pawn will move on… Then check with the knight…

Puzzle 39 Data
1. Author: Prokesh, Ladislav (1884–1966). He is a famous chess composer of endgame studies. He was the joint Czech Champion in 1921 and played for the Czech Olympiad chess team in 1927, 1928, and 1930. He was born and died in Prague.
2. Year:    1946

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Chess Puzzle 39

The Puzzle Answer
1. Na5        b2
2. Nb3+!     Bxb3+
[If Black does not take the knight, then 3.Nd2 and draw]
3. Ka3        …
[For not being taken, the pawn has to move on]
3. …          b1=Q   1/2-1/2
[Draw by stalemate]
[It is also a draw, if Black underpromotes to rook, knight, or bishop]
[See why it is a draw, if Black underpromotes to rook, knight, or bishop]

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Knight vs bishop and pawn. Use stalemate. Move the knight next to the White king, then check with the knight... Puzzle 39. Author - Prokesh L, year - 1946.

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