Saturday’s chess study

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Troitski, 1908.  I generally don’t give studies on this blog, but I will make an exception today and let the reader decide for himself. This study is so COOL! It is not that difficult, but I find the solution FUNNY…maybe you will too. (HINT: with correct play on both sides the game is a draw by stalemate!)

WHITE TO PLAY

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SOLUTION

1.Be4! Bc2!! (1…a2 2.Bb1! wins) 2.BxB a2 3.Bb1! a1(B)!!  and it is stalemate after White advances any of his pawns.  Moving his Bishop will be disasterous because of 4…b1(Q)+

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