Puzzles that are draws


#1

Puzzle 11332 is a drawn game and it looks like a draw I’ve noticed a few puzzles that are drawn games When it says Red to play and win or white whichever Should the game It is from be a draw


#2

This looks like a win for red. All the white pieces are jammed into one area. One piece is vulnerable. Probably that piece gets taken and eventually the game is lost. If you like I can run the position on the computer and post the best play.


#3

[Event “”]
[Date “”]
[Black “”]
[White “”]
[Result “*”]
[Setup “1”]
[FEN “W:WK19,20,26,28,32:B3,12,K14,17,K29”]

  1. 26-23 29-25 2. 19-24 17-21 3. 24-27 25-22 4. 27-24 21-25 5. 24-27 14-10 6. 27-24 25-30
  2. 24-19 3-7 8. 19-24 7-11 9. 24-27 12-16 10. 27-31 22-17 11. 28-24 10-15 12. 31-26 30-25
  3. 24-19 15x24 14. 32-28 25-22 15. 28x12 22x31 16. 23-19 17-14 17. 19-16 14-10 18. 16x7
    10x3 19. 20-16 31-27 20. 16-11 27-23 21. 11-8 23-18 22. 8-4 3-7 23. 4-8 18-15 24. 8-3 7-11
  4. 12-8 11x4 26. 3-7 15-19 27. 7-2 4-8 28. 2-7 19-23 29. 7-2 8-3 30. 2-6 3-7 31. 6-1 7-2
  5. 1-5 23-19 33. 5-9 19-15 34. 9-5 2-6 35. 5-1 15-10 36. 1-5 6-1 37. 5-9 10-15 38. 9-5
    15-18 39. 5-9 1-5 40. 9-6 5-9 41. 6x13 18-14 42. 13-9 14x5 *

#4

Lots of puzzles come from games that resulted in draws. Either the player missed the moves in the puzzle or they failed to convert the advantage afterwards. Almost no puzzles result in endgames that are theoretically drawn, though there may be a few. If you do find one, I’ll disable it, they’re definitely intended to be wins.

But It’s the historical result shown at the top left. In this case Monteiro didn’t find 1. 18-14, and instead played 1. 18-22 letting the checker on 26 advance and a draw was agreed shortly afterwards. As lloyd pointed out, the puzzle’s moves result in a winning endgame.

But I understand the confusion now that I look at it. I’ll add a title to make it clear the event information is about the game the puzzle comes from, not about the puzzle itself.

Thank you both!