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Playing with regular moves, the position above should result in a draw without repeating an exact position three times. By Helpmate or in this case a Helpdraw, players cooperate to end this game in a draw with agreed moves (white to play). How should this game be played or continued to end in a draw with fewest number of moves and least number of remaining pieces?

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    $\begingroup$ I assume you want the game to end in a stalemate? So the solution "White offers a draw, Black accepts" is not an option here? $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jun 13 at 23:09
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    $\begingroup$ Yes agreement to a draw and stop playing is faster than 3 moves by 3 repeated position. But not an option here. Not 50 moves draw rule neither. (I edited the question for the intended solution) $\endgroup$ – TSLF Jun 14 at 3:12
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    $\begingroup$ Why the hard to read 3D board? $\endgroup$ – Quintec Jun 14 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ If the image is only for positional information, it should be given in a readable way. Using the weird perspective makes it difficult to tell apart the black pieces or to read the position as a whole. $\endgroup$ – Nij Jun 16 at 6:30
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    $\begingroup$ Honestly, if you're going to put more effort into questioning the legitimacy of an accessibility concern than resolving it, you're not worth explaining it to. $\endgroup$ – Nij Jun 16 at 10:55
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Fewest remaining pieces:

 1. Bxg5  Nxd6
 2. Nxe4  Nxf7
 3. Nxc3  Nxg5
 4. Nxg5  Rxd5
 5. Nxe6  Nxe6
 6. Qxe6  Bxc3
 7. bxc3  Rxd3
 8. Qxc4  Rxc3
 9. Qxc3+ Kxc3
 K vs K stalemate

Least number of moves:

 1. Bxc4 Rxe3
 2. Bb3+ Qxb3+
 3. Ka5  Nxd6+
 4. Nd5  Bxf7
 5. Nxg5 Rxg5
 6. Be5  Rexe5
 White has no legal move.

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  • $\begingroup$ Isn't it possible to get 1 less remaining piece by having White capture the queen? (with a draw by impossibility of checkmate) $\endgroup$ – the default. Jun 14 at 9:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Daniel Mathias - the fewest move to stalemate maybe 6 i cant find any lesser number of moves yet..and accepting this as right answer for stalemate..but the position was really set up for 18 captures. $\endgroup$ – TSLF Jun 14 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ @TSLF Mission accomplished. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Mathias Jun 14 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ Nice draw by "insufficient pieces to force mate" $\endgroup$ – TSLF Jun 14 at 17:05

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