When playing against a novice player, how can you attempt to force stalemate (please don't ask how you would get there against a novice player)

  • Give us a specific position, we can't read mind. What you ask is 100% position dependent, there is no principle nor the method for such a thing. Sep 28, 2014 at 3:08

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I assume you are asking how to force your opponent to stalemate you, rather than vice versa.

  1. Get rid of almost all of your pieces, except for your queen or rooks, or pieces that are pinned against your king.
  2. Make sure all your pawns are blocked and can't move.
  3. Make sure your king has no legal moves.
  4. Check his king relentlessly with whatever pieces remain, feeling free to place the pieces where they can be taken, such as adjacent to his king.
  5. Ideally, you are now in a situation where either he will be subject to perpetual check or he will take all your remaining pieces and you will be stalemated.

Keep in mind that this is not an actual strategy that ever works except 1) against novices, 2) in blitz games, or 3) in very rare circumstances in serious games. But those circumstances do exist. Generally you find that two of the first three steps in this process have already happened and start looking for ways to engineer the rest. Evans-Reshevsky is the most famous example of a stalemate swindle in top-level play.

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    Thanks! That was exactly what I was looking for, a bit general, but then again, so was my question.
    – warspyking
    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:50
  • I think this does not answer the question. A stalemate is just one type of draw and is not another way of saying draw. I think there's no clear definition of what force a stalemate means and the author meant force a draw. The method you suggested would more likely lead to your loss than a draw because if you get rid of so many pieces first, your opponent will likely have more piece and it will be easy for them to win.
    – Timothy
    Oct 14, 2018 at 0:52
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    You are correct that I answered the question that was asked, rather than a different question that could have potentially been intended instead ("How do you force any sort of draw"). Thank you for pointing out the possibility.
    – dfan
    Oct 14, 2018 at 12:08

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