Chess Puzzle 72

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Chess puzzle 72: White to move and draw. Author: F. Sackmann
White to move and draw
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Puzzle 72 Solution Hints
White is limited in material, and the White king has been locked at the corner. The White bishop must not leave the d1-a4 diagonal because of mate by Nc2#. And the only way to draw is... Hint 1: Use a stalemate combination... forced stalemate... Hint 2: On the first move, sacrifice and move the bishop to the left...

Puzzle 72 Data
1. Author: Franz Sackmann
2. Year:    1912

About the Author
Franz Sackmann (1888-1927) was a famous chess composer from Germany. He is the authors of at least 120 chess compositions.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess puzzle 72

* The Puzzle Answer
1. Bb3!      c3
[1... Kxb3 or 1... cxb3 draw by stalemate]
2. Bxa2      c2
3. Bb1!      c1=Q
[Forced stalemate]

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Chess puzzle by F. Sackmann. Puzzle year: 1912

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