Getting a draw

Published on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in |

It will be impossible to win all games and sometimes you will be pleased to get a draw out of a game. In chess a draw can sometimes be forced from seemingly hopeless positions.
A rather easy example is given in the following diagram.

    It is White’s turn to move.
I won’t give the right move here, but you are invited to add the solution to the comments.

We have seen other examples in our lessons in our example game about the opposition and in the lesson about the end of the game.

In the diagram below Black threatens checkmate by both 1…Qxf2# as well as 1…Re1#, but White can still get a draw.

    First try to solve this exercise by yourself. The solution can be made visible by selecting the hidden text between the square brackets.

[ 1.Rxb6+ axb6 2.Qxb6+ Ka8
and now White gets a draw by the infinite check
3.Qa6+ Kb8 4.Qb6+ Ka8 5.Qa6+ Kb8 ]

The next example is rather difficult and the hidden text between the square brackets only contains some clues. Are you able to solve this one? Please note that it is Black’s turn to move.

Clue 1: [ The first clue is Stalemate ]

Clue 2: [ The second clue is that two black-squared Bishops are insufficient for White to win the game. ]

Next lesson will be used to present mate in three exercises.

Original 6 Responses to “Getting a draw”

  1. Paulinho
    September 3rd, 2007 at 3:04 am
    Rook -> c1-c6
  2. Chess Teacher
    September 3rd, 2007 at 3:41 pm
    Indeed, this is the right solution for the first diagram.
    Have you also found the solution for the rather difficult last diagram?
  3. Stroevey
    September 6th, 2007 at 9:25 am
    Diagram 2:
    1. Rxb3+ axb3 2. Qxb3 with perpetual check?
  4. Stroevey
    September 6th, 2007 at 9:26 am
    Oh sorry didn’t see there was a solution..apologies
  5. Stroevey
    September 6th, 2007 at 9:28 am e
    Diagram 3: Ka6
  6. Chess Teacher
    September 6th, 2007 at 3:46 pm
    1…Ka6 is indeed the right move for diagram 3, but what to do after 2.b8P+

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