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The stalemate

An important idea in chess is the stalemate, often the chessplayer underestimates this situation or he ignores it. I think that is very important know the stalemate and to have in our memory some stalemate positions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew the diagram position when I was playing against a player with 2150 of fide rating and I had this position , my last chance was to enter in the stalemate position, so i played Rb8 to induce at play a7?? ( this is a natural move if you don't know the stalemate position, because he thinks to gain a time ).

My knowledge permitted me to draw an hard match.

 

When in the chessboard there are few pieces you must stay carefull , the stalemate is always in ambush

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  • 2 years ago

    majoka

    wow

  • 2 years ago

    13th-madman

    in one of my better losing games, I managed to trick my opponent into getting a stalemate. I can say that it is one of the most frustrating moves ever...

  • 2 years ago

    Beginnerkhan

    thanks

  • 2 years ago

    zuchini22

    it is very important

  • 2 years ago

    NM alexsuper1987

    Yes is true, but if promote bishop or knght the endgame is easy, because the white promote after the pawn "h"

  • 2 years ago

    PhilipN

    @alexsuper1984:  The final position you gave in the diagram you left in the comments still requires care--if black plays RxR and white recaptures with the pawn, white must then underpromote to a minor piece--either a Queen or a Rook would still result in stalemate!

  • 2 years ago

    adi007bond

  • 3 years ago

    elindauer

    Ah yes I see it.  Ra8+ is a key resource, otherwise black could check from the side, hop to the b file, and hold.  Thanks!

  • 3 years ago

    NM alexsuper1987

    White wins also with b7+, with the idea to play Rc8 ( Rc3-c8)

     

  • 3 years ago

    elindauer

    So what is the answer for white then?  It seems that maybe 2.Re6 is the move, followed by a7 and pinning the black rook to a passive defense of the back rank.  Are there other winning methods?

  • 3 years ago

    ChessisGood

    Nice blog, Dvoretsky has some great examples in his endgame manual.

  • 3 years ago

    mab23

    nice info - this often gets overlook and its good to touch bases with stale mate and stale mate positions

  • 3 years ago

    rikyshi

    very important position

  • 3 years ago

    Daeru

    Another important theme in your blog. It is inevitable to miss these kind of stalemate ideas sometimes like the one in your game. Thank you and keep the blogs coming :)

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