Chess Puzzle of the Week (254)

Our 2023-24 season starts on Tuesday, with the gratifying news that adjudications (and also adjournments) are almost, but not quite, extinct.

But today I’m giving you the chance to act as an adjudicator.

It’s Black’s move in this rather unusual ending. You have to make a decision (and, back in the day, adjudicators didn’t have Stockfish to help them). Each player has to submit a claim. White is claiming a win, while Black is claiming a draw.

What is your verdict? A win for White? A draw? Or even a win for Black?

Do get in touch to let me know your decision. And no cheating: we’re in pre-computer days here so you have to rely on your own instincts and powers of calculation.