Winning with stalemate #2
Let us start with a simple question: what is in the next diagram White's best move? What do you think? What does your chess engine say?
It is a spectaculair example of winning by playing on Zugzwang. Do you know better ones?
Did your chess engine find the right move? I had to help my state of the art Fritz 12! That may be sounds strange to you, but is true. At first Fritz didn't find the right move, even after calculating hours. See the next image.
Let's look to the next diagram. White to move and win.
But this can't be a traditional study or problem as it has at least a second solution:
It is also certainly worthwhile to look at a 3rd variation: 1.Rc8. I guess it is a draw but with a lot of possibilties to go wrong. Hidden in one of the variations there is the next problem:
Lasker and Capablanca did meet each other just before the outbreak of the Great War in Berlin, where they played a rapid-transit match of ten games. Capablanca won 6½:3½, and afterwards Lasker is alleged to have said, “It is remarkable: you make no mistakes”.’ (Edward Winter, see here) The endgame arose in the post-mortem of one of those games, and must be seen as a joint composition by the two world champions. Lasker then published it in his column in Die Vossische Zeitung, apparently worded in a way that left room for him to become the loser (Tim Krabe, see here under 7. 23 June: An early claustrophobic knight). 70 years later the 2nd diagram was used for a cuban stamp on the occasion of Capablanca's birth centenary. Actually there is a small difference. White's king was on d7 and Black's knight on d5 was on e6. Result: the problem on the stamp has only one solution: 1.Nxc7! Nxc7 2.Ra8!! Lasker published also another variation of the problem in the Die Vossische Zeitun which also has just one solution, like proper problems: