The Fastest Clean Draw

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?

• 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?
– Deusovi
Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 23:09
• 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)
– TSLF
Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 3:12
• Why the hard to read 3D board? Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 16:37
• 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.
– Nij
Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 6:30
• 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.
– Nij
Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 10:55

1 Answer

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.

• Isn't it possible to get 1 less remaining piece by having White capture the queen? (with a draw by impossibility of checkmate) Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 9:49
• @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.
– TSLF
Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 15:02
• @TSLF Mission accomplished. Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 16:13
• Nice draw by "insufficient pieces to force mate"
– TSLF
Commented Jun 14, 2020 at 17:05