# Helpstalemate in 2.5 moves

David113
Posers and Puzzles 19 Feb '07 13:17
1. 19 Feb '07 13:17

White to play. Black and White cooperate. White's 3rd move stalemates Black.
The problem has 4 solutions.
2. 19 Feb '07 14:461 edit
i think this is one (corner, with knght):
c8(N) Rd7+
Kxd7 Ka8
Kc7
3. 19 Feb '07 15:002 edits
another (corner, with rook):
c8(R) Rc7
Rxc7+ Ka8
Kc8

and (i like this one best!):
Ke8 Ka7
c8(Q) Rc7
Kxc7

edit: can't figure out the last one
4. 19 Feb '07 15:10
c8Q+ Ka7
Qc6 Rc7
Kxc7
5. 19 Feb '07 15:13
Try this one: Black to play and what would you play?

Quite a good puzzle.
6. 19 Feb '07 15:201 edit
oops, my last solution was flawed.. ian's is the correct version
7. 19 Feb '07 15:25
Originally posted by pootstick
edit: can't figure out the last one
Well, we have rook, knight and queen so
1.c8B+ Ka7 2.Bb7 Rc7 3.Kxc7
8. 19 Feb '07 15:25
I'll try...
1. c8Q+ Ka7
2. Qc6 Rc7
3. Kxc7
9. 19 Feb '07 15:261 edit
Didn't realise ilywrin was posting a similar solution at the same time...
10. BigDoggProblem