Study by G. Neukomm - That's Entertainment


In a previous blog I mentioned the distinction Cheron made between endgame studies intended to be instructional, and those meant to be artisitic. I think there is another distinction to be made, and that is of endings which are primarily entertaining. The following is by a composer who had a reputation for being entertaining.

The following I am entering as a puzzle and I hope some have a go at it. Apart from a very short sideline on black's first move it is a forced single line, and only 8 moves long.

G NeuKomm White to play and draw " Magyar Sakkvilag" 1935 from Chessboard Magic Compiled and annotated by Irving Chernev, first published 1943 by Chess Review.