• White to move and draw
[See answer at the bottom]
• Puzzle 8 Solution Hints
Black is threatening to deliver mate in 2 — 1... Kg3 and 2... Re1#. The second threat is that of promoting the g2-pawn — 1. Kf2? Rf8+ 2. Ke2 g1=Q. What is the best line for White in order to draw? Hint 1: White must play for stalemate in this endgame... The White king is to stay where it is, and the White rook to do the rest. Hint 2: First deliver check, and then use the crazy rook.
• Puzzle 8 Data
1. Author: Alessandro Salvio
2. Year: 1634
• About the Author
Alessandro Salvio (1570-1640) was an Italian chess player and the unofficial world chess champion around the year 1600.
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• The Puzzle Answer
1. Rh7+ Kg3
2. Re7! Ra8
[2... Rxe7? 1/2-1/2 — draw by stalemate]
3. Ra7! Rc8
4. Rc7! 1/2-1/2
[The White rook has turned crazy, and Black]
[may not take the rook because of stalemate.]
[This chess tactic is called the crazy rook —]
[sacrificing rook endlessly to draw by stalemate.]
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