Questions tagged [stalemate]

A chess game is said to end in stalemate when the player to move has no legal move and his king is not in check.

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Shortest stalemate in serious tournament game

I am looking for the shortest stalemate that has occurred in a serious chess game (there were no agreements between the players). So far, I have found only compositions, but is there a real game where ...
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Games won by the stalemated player?

Here is a quote from Davidson's "A short history of chess" (Link), chapter 8, which I used in an answer to an earlier question. [...] In Italy, however, from the very beginning, players ...
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How many queens can be on the board without neither forced mate nor forced stalemate (53?)?

I was wondering how many queens can be put on boards without the position being a forced checkmate or a forced stalemate. The best I came up with is 53 this position. [FEN "QQQQQRK1/QQQQQPr1/...
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What is the fastest possible stalemate by castling?

It is known what the fastest stalemate is. But what but is the fastest possbile stalemate in which castling must be the last move? 33 ply is my best result so far. [FEN ""] 1. e4 h5 2. Qxh5 d6 3. ...
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Stalemate v/s Checkmate

I am unable to understand why Photo 1 a stalemate and Photo 2 a checkmate. PHOTO 1 PHOTO 2
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Why is this position stalemate? I'm new to chess

Why is this position stalemate? I'm new to chess and I played white.
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What rearrangent of the starting position's pieces, in any manner, has the fastest stalemate?

It is well known that the fastest stalemate is in 19 ply. But what is the fastest possible if all pieces, not pawns, may be shuffled at will on their first ranks? This will be difficult since there is ...
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What is the fastest way to reach stalemate?

It is known that the minimum number of moves required for checkmate is 2 moves (4 half moves) resulting in a victory for Black. However, what is the minimum number of moves required for stalemate? ...
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Winning when the other player is in stalemate? [duplicate]

Do I win if the other player has only their king left and cannot move it because any move will result in its being captured?
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Stalemate situation with all pieces on the board

Suppose all the pieces are on the board. Does there exist a position such that A) one of the players can't make any move (a stalemate)? B) neither player can make any move (a double stalemate)?
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Record for most stalemates in one?

Is there a known record for the most possible stalemates in one in a legal position, for with and without promoted pieces? I have gotten some results out of my own work. For without promoted pieces, ...
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Term for checking piece whose opponent daren't capture it

What if any, is the term for a piece whose owner gets a draw by keeping up a relentless series of checks with it -- a paradox being that even if this player puts it en prise, the opponent daren't ...
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Endgame problem: How to avoid stalemate and win?

I'm stuck on this problem a friend shared with me recently, with barely any pieces left and apparently white is able to force a win but I've been hitting a wall with everything I've tried so far, as ...
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An Interesting Idea: Pinned Pieces Stalemate

I had an idea for a type of stalemate: One side is stalemated with 8 pins in a legal position with as many pieces as possible, with all of the stalemating side’s units being “necessary.” ”Necessary” ...
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When exactly does a checkmate or stalemate take effect?

I'm not enthusiastic about chess in particular, so if I use terminology incorrectly please correct me. I use "phase 1 & phase 2" for each player's move, and "turn n" for each pair of phases. I'm ...
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Examples of forced stalemate

The usual case one often sees specially in blitz play is when one side (usually the winning) mis-plays and then stalemate occurs with the losing side dodging a loss. But are there positions where ...
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What is the quickest way to reach a mutual, symmetrical stalemate?

What is the fastest known game that ends that in a mutual stalemate position that is symmetrical?
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The computer said a game was drawn but I think it is won for me [duplicate]

It's white's move and the king can't move. Why was this game drawn? I should have won it I think.
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A confusing situation-is this stalemate? [closed]

Today I played a game, and it was my turn in the endgame. I had only one pawn, which is blocked, and my king left. But my king could move only to a single square legally, as it would otherwise be in ...
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Tablebases for variant where stalemate is a win?

Since time immemorial, some people have suggested that stalemate be declared a loss for the player who is unable to move. This proposal is sometimes called "abolishing the stalemate rule" although I ...
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super stalemate [duplicate]

Your challenge. Find a position such that one side cannot make any legal or illegal moves. I.E. Make it such that that even if you were allowed to move your king into check there would still be no ...
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Wrongly accepted stalemate but game is a clear win?

What will happen when we wrongly accepted stalemate and thereafter 02-03 seconds we noticed it was not a stalemate but a clear win?
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Is this a stalemate?

The gamepigeon app is declaring I lost (I am black). This simply does not make sense since it is white's turn and they are in check. The game abruptly ends. Is this erroneous logic? How can I lose ...
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How different would chess be if a stalemate was a win? [duplicate]

Historically stalemate has been handled in different ways. I wonder how different chess would be if it was a win for the stalemating player. Has enough thought been put into this so that it's ...
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What is the order of actions in chess under FIDE rules?

Reading some recent posts about the 50 move rule made me realize that I've never seen an explicit order of actions for chess. By way of comparison, the order of actions in Monopoly is given here: (1) ...
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How is this stalemate?

My friend played this game as white and wants to know how this is a stalemate. I do not know much about chess and both of us would like to know more about this rule. k7/2Q5/8/P2P4/1R6/8/2P3PP/6K1 w -...
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Mutual Stalemate

You are required to find position such that: 1) Any move made by White or Black leads to stalemate for both sides immediately. 2) The position can be reached from the starting position of a chess ...
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What's the history behind stalemate not being a win? [duplicate]

If your opponent eliminates all your options to move, you don't lose in chess, but is regarded an equal to your opponent. Isn't this peculiar? In most games and in real life hunt and war it is a ...
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During the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era, what was the rule for stalemate in France?

Wikipedia has a stalemate history section, but for France it only says: The forfeiture of Black's turn to move (medieval France) (Murray 1913:464–66) (Davidson 1981:64–65), although other medieval ...
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Can black get a stalemate?

Can Black somehow get a stalemate against the White King-Queen combination or should he try to save his pawn as long as he can? 8/8/5K2/4Q3/4p3/3k4/8/8 b - - 0 1
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What happens if you move your king on stalemate?

Let's say the following happens during a blitz match: White makes a move, resulting in stalemate Black doesn't notice the stalemate and moves the king into an illegal position. Usually illegal moves ...
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Stalemate or checkmate?

I have a rook, a queen and my king while my opponent has only 2 pawns and king left. The situation is complicated because they cannot move anything, except for a single pawn move. But if they move ...
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Instead of giving checkmate, I gave stalemate. Why?

I am a beginner, and I have just discovered this annoying stalemate. I got the definition but while playing, I ended up with a stalemate and I don't know why, could you help me and explain it to me? ...
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How is this position a draw?

I played against a bot as a White and had this position. The computer claimed that it's a draw. [FEN "2Q/k/3QP/8/3K/8/8/1N - - - 0 1"] I thought it would be a checkmate because wherever the Black ...
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What is the longest known stalemate your opponent in x-moves problem?

What is the longest known stalemate your opponent in x-moves problem where the given stalemate is the fastest one from the initial position? A win is not possible, but stalemating your opponent so ...
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Is there a proper way to indicate “stalemate” on your scoresheet?

Yesterday, after squandering a win, I played on until stalemate (actually, I offered a draw, but my opponent isn't a native English speaker, so I don't think she understood; in a few more plies we hit ...
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Was this considered a stalemate?

I'm new at chess and still learning the rules. The other day I was playing a friend of mine, and it got to the point where I had only my king and queen and he had only his king and bishop. I forgot ...
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Why go for stalemate here?

In a Daily Puzzle of the Chess.com app, playing as white the solution to the puzzle was as follows: [Title ""] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/p1Q3bk/P2N2p/5p1p/7P/6q/8/7K w - - 0 1"] 1. Qxg7 Kxg7 2.Nxf5+ ...
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If the king is blocked is it checkmate? [duplicate]

If the king is alone and it is blocked is it checkmate? And opponent has blocked with the king and pawn and he did not keep check if we move means that it is check.
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When en passant is the only legal move

Consider the following position: 8/7p/5K1k/8/7p/7P/5PP1/8 w - - 0 1 1. g4 hxg3 White plays g2-g4. The only legal move is hxg3. I heard someone say that since the en passant capture is optional, ...
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Can a King and a Knight force stalemate against a lone King?

I believe that a King and two Knights are able to force stalemate against a lone King (though obviously not checkmate)... but what about a King and one Knight against a lone King? I first thought ...
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Patt undecided?

I am very new to chess, and I fear that this question is very stupid. I played this game in "easy" mode, and I destroyed a lot of pieces of the counter party. Now, I wanted to destroy their king. ...
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Situations of underpromoting the pawn

I recently came across a wonderful article on Chess.com about under promotion of pawns. One of the situations is here: [FEN "8/8/1KP5/3r4/8/8/8/k7 w - - 0 1"] [Date "1895.??.??"] [White "Saavedra, ...
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It's not check but the next move is checkmate [duplicate]

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?
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Complete game Troitzky-Vogt?

The Wikipedia on stalemate shows a position where Vogt became victim of a diabolic stalemate trap set by Troitzky. [Title "Troitzky-Vogt"] [FEN "2kr4/1ppb1pp1/1b4r1/pP2p3/P3P3/5qN1/2Q2P1P/2R1B1KR w - ...
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Looking for the complete game Sibilio-Mariotti, Ravenna 1982

Tim Krabbe shows this game on his record site. [Title "Sibilio-Mariotti, Ravenna 1982"] [FEN "5k2/1p4pp/4p3/3pP1q1/3P4/7K/7P/8 w - - 0 1"] The game has a stalemate after only 27 moves. I would like ...
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Only the king remains, but he is stuck, can't move [duplicate]

I played with my friend yesterday, and we reached a point when I cornered him from everywhere. I had a queen and a king, and he had only his king left, but he could not do any move because any move ...
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Stalemating the opponent in order to not lose

There are some defensive ideas to get one's own king stalemated in order to not lose the game (mostly in the endgame, but sometimes also in the middle game). Have (master) games been played where the ...
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About stalemates and how to cause one

Are their possible positions where the 'white' side is losing but the person is in a situation where they can force a stalemate? Are there chess positions one can 'look out for' to enable one to ...
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Is this a checkmate for White?

[FEN "8/3RkQ2/3B4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Is there a way out for Black? My son and I finished this way (only the relevant parts of the position are shown in the diagram), but reading about stalemates ...