Black draws this losing position in 1 move or wins the Queen in 2 moves!
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Chapter 13 Zugzwang/Stalemate – INTRODUCTION
Zugzwang means being required to move, especially when you do not want to move–often meaning you must make a losing move. Zugzwang can result in a victory or the capture of an enemy piece.
Stalemate is a position where one player must move, but cannot make a legal move. Stalemate ends the game and is always a draw–neither player wins. Diagram 373 shows black about to be placed in Zugzwang by white, with a white checkmate to follow quickly.
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Answer – Diagram 400:
1. … Qxd4+
2. Qxf4, stalemate
1. … Qxf4+
2. Ke7?? Qxd2