Jean-Marc Loustau (France)
 
Draw 2+5

Thematic try: 1 Rxd5? Bg4+ 2 Kh4 Be7+ 3 Kg3 Bb4!! (threats 4… Be1)

Solution: 1 Rf5+! Kg1 2 Rxd5 Bg4+ 3 Kh4 Be7+ 4 Kg3 Bb4!? 5 Rg5 Bd6+ 6 Kh4 Be7! (crossed pin!) 7 Kg3! Bd6+ 8 Kh4 Be7 9 Kg3 Bxg5 model central stalemate

Or 5… Be1+ 6 Kf4 Bd2+ 7 Kg3 Be1+ 8 Kf4 Bd2+ (perpetual check) 9 Kg3 Bxg5 stalemate (or 9… Be2 10 Rg6/7/8 Be1+ 11 Kh3+! Kf1 12 Rg1+! Kxg1 stalemate)

 

 

Other variation:

If 4… Be2 5 Rd7! (5 Rd2? h4+! 6 Kh3 Bf1+ 7 Kg4 h3! Also 5 Rd4? Bc5! 6 Rf4 Bd6!) h4+ 6 Kh3 Bf1+ 7 Kg4 Be2+ (7… h3?? 8 Rxe7 h2 9 Rh7) 8 Kh3 Bf1+ 9 Kg4 echoed perpetual check.

Or (by play) 5… Bc5 (otherwise: 5… Bf6? 6 Rh7 etc.) 6 Rf7!! (guards f2: 6 Rh7? Bf2+7 Kf4 Bh4!! etc.) Bb6 7 Rf8! guards d8 (7 Rf6? Bc7+ 8 Kh4 Bd8! Or 7 Rf5? Bc7+ 8 Kh4 Bd8+ 9 Kg3 h4+ 10 Kh3 Bc4 11 Re5 Bf1+ 12 Kg4 h3 etc.) etc.