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Test Your Stalemate Skills!

  • GM Gserper
  • | Jul 29, 2013
  • | 15522 views
  • | 63 comments

During the past several weeks we had a big discussion about stalemate. I hope from now on you won't allow your opponent to miraculously escape when you are winning and also won't miss your last chance to save the game when you are losing. Today you can check your skills in the following positions.

It's all about stalemate there. Some puzzles are really simple and some of them are complicated. In fact, so complicated that titled players (IMs and GMs) missed the best move there. Can you do better than them?

I hope that you enjoyed our journey through the miraculous land of stalemate!

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  • 18 months ago

    bluishFurball

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  • 20 months ago

    DartFrog04

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  • 20 months ago

    DartFrog04

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  • 2 years ago

    Spektrowski

    @martos

    Actually, if you read all the comments, you should have noted that other "others" pointed that Black still draw the game by other means :)

  • 2 years ago

    batgirl

    Frank James would have called them swindles.  Thanks.

  • 2 years ago

    alexpawn

    Nice

  • 2 years ago

    ubuntux

    tyvm for the extremely instructive article, GM!

  • 2 years ago

    maheshroks

    nice!

  • 2 years ago

    bob_franklin

    Ah yes of course - knew there would be something I missed. Thanks Maarten :)

  • 2 years ago

    MaartenSmit

    bob_franklin, ibeforked, 88. Qf2+ wins for white then :)

  • 2 years ago

    JosTim

    Take a look at this game that I played!


    !

  • 2 years ago

    ibeforked

    agree with Bob Franklin

  • 2 years ago

    cookie3

    in the 7th puzzle, why didn't black walk his king over to his rook?  seems black could force the trade and walk his pawn down to promotion?

    (Janowski-Gruenfeld game)

  • 2 years ago

    bob_franklin

    Out of curiosity, would 87...Qe2 in the first puzzle also work? If Qxe2 then that is also a stalemate, and if the King tries to run again Qxf3 would win the game for Black.

    Have I missed anything obvious?

  • 2 years ago

    DillsGambitLive

    Thanks...this was fun :)

  • 2 years ago

    claj40

    @calyncorr - that would result in immediate stalemate - black would have no move after the queen was captured.  White knew this & moved Kg2 (White's only other move), and that set up black to force the stalemate.  White's Qf3 was the blunder.

  • 2 years ago

    drjam

    Great practice, thank you!

  • 2 years ago

    raymondxu

    stupid problems none of them make senseYellFrownUndecidedSealed

  • 2 years ago

    GM_rudy

    TQ SIR

  • 2 years ago

    weak_and_tired

    Easy to solve these puzzles when you know there gotta be a stalemate

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