Chess Puzzle 76

A best endgame puzzle in chess. Famous and beautiful to learn.
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chess endgame puzzle 76
White to move and draw
[See answer at the bottom]

Puzzle 76 Solution Hints
You must have never seen chess puzzle like this. How to draw in this endgame position: Stalemate idea? No. The idea of threatening the pawn promotion? No. It is an unknown and beautiful puzzle with an unusual draw — by building chess fortress. Hint 1: A White pawn must take a Black pawn first. Hint 2: A second White pawn must check. Hint 3: Check again... Hint 4: At last, jump up to close the last hole... Hint 5: The Black King cannot penetrate; the Black bishop cannot take... Fortress!

Puzzle 76 Data
1. Author: Mikhail Tronov, Russia.
2. Year:    1913

About the Author
The name of Mikhail Vladimirovich Tronov is not known by the chess world, but some sources indicates that he was a chess composer of the world level. Mr Tronov was born in Russia in 1892 and died in 1978. He loved chess all his life and was fond of chess composition. In the 1930th, he was the chess champion of the Siberia and Far East regions of the former USSR. He loved nature, mountains, and mountain climbing. He was very smart in education. He lived in Siberia; he lived in Moscow. By profession, he was a geographer and climate researcher. He was a professor and a Doctor of Geography. In 1950, he was awarded the Stalin Science Award (which was the highest science prize of the former USSR in that time).

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

chess endgame puzzle 76

The Puzzle Answer
1. dxe4      ...
[Making mate threat by moving 2. d4#]
1...           d5
[1... d5 is the only way to avoid the mate]
2. d4+       Kd6
3. e5+       Kc6
4. b4!       1/2-1/2
White has build chess fortress and made a draw.
See why it is a draw:
1. The Black king cannot penetrate into the White camp because all the penetration squares a5, c5, d6, f6, and h6 are beaten by the White pawns.
2. The Black bishop cannot take any White pawn because of different color.
3. The Black pawns may not move because they are blocked.
4. The White king will walk around for no more than 50 moves...
Learn this draw idea that may be useful in a real game: Building chess fortress.

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