Ludwig Zagler, Chess Ultimates 12/1974

[FEN "3nBb2/3PRP2/2ppPPpp/2nk2pb/2p2QN1/1r1rBKP1/7q/8 w - - 0 0"]

self=1, 7 solutions

This is the record (7 variants) for forced single side selfstalemates. I expect that Zagler, who even made a systematic for one-mover records, also did the duplex version (any move for both sides selfstalemates), but could not dig it up on the existing databases.

Since one white and one black selfstalemate can be easily done with 8 pieces, please give at least 3 overall (or a link to an existing record).

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Whoever moves first is stalemated. There are four possible first moves for both sides, thus creating four variations.

[FEN "8/8/8/1p1p1p1p/8/1P1PpP1P/4Pp1p/5K1k w - - 0 1"]
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    Of course I meant a onemover (you can also push the black pawns one file further back) but not accounting for tricky problemists fully goes on the asker :-) Feb 9, 2022 at 8:39

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