I have 5 pieces left and my opponent only has his king. It is my opponent's turn and his king is not in check but everywhere his king moves is checkmate. Who wins?


When it is your opponent's turn to move and none of your opponent's pieces can move other than his king, and if the king moves or captures your piece, it will be under check, then this type of position is called as stalemate and the result will be a draw.

Few Examples:

  1. Simple one with just 3 pieces on Board (Black To Move):

enter image description here

Here, Black king has nowhere to go, the h8, h7, g7, f8 square is controlled by the Queen and the f7 square is controlled by the King.

  1. Another position of stalemate with few pieces (Black To Move): enter image description here

Black has 2 pawns and his King. His pawns cant move forward or capture any pieces and his King cant move anywhere as its surrounding is controlled by the pieces as shown in the image.

  1. A little complicated one with more pieces on board (White To Move):

enter image description here

This is one of the positions which can occur very rarely! I believe it is a composition by someone and hasn't occurred in a real game. Here all the pieces are on the board and yet White has no moves to make. All his pawns are fixed, most of his other pieces are blocked by his own pieces and only 3 pieces which has space to move are Rook on g3, Knight on d2 and King on h1 which also cant move because if it does, the King will be under check! Unfortunately its a draw, which is called as stalemate.

  • 1
    It's also possible, though even more rare, to have a position in which the player on move has no squares that his pieces could move even if check were not a consideration. It's theoretically possible (though unrealistic in a competitive game) that both players could simultaneously be in such a situation (meaning that even if a player who couldn't move simply "passed" the game would still be a stalemate). – supercat Feb 14 '16 at 9:23

It is a draw by stalemate.....

  • 2
    Since the question is fairly simple and so is the answer I suggest explaining to him slightly in detail what a stalemate is. No point in posting my own answer, +1 – Chessbrain May 3 '15 at 14:33
  • Looks like Pavan has it covered. – Tony Ennis May 4 '15 at 0:45

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.