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Should we get rid of stalemate?


  • 5 months ago · Quote · #121

    _Number_6

    varelse1 wrote:

    Stalemate is just that common.

     

    True enough. Making the proposition of eliminating stalemates impractial.

  • 5 months ago · Quote · #122

    ab121705

    varelse1 wrote:

    Because stalemate is the foundation of 99% of endgame theory. And those of us who have actually put in the time to actually learn endgames, don't want to re-learn them all, because of the sniveling of a few newbies who never learned endgames.

    Good reason?

    yes. pay attention and don't stalemate.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #123

    Vandarringa

    varelse1 wrote:

    Because stalemate is the foundation of 99% of endgame theory. And those of us who have actually put in the time to actually learn endgames, don't want to re-learn them all, because of the sniveling of a few newbies who never learned endgames.

    Good reason?

    I also love endgames, and have studied my share of endgame theory.  But endgame theory would start anew, just like opening theory would if we changed the starting positions of the pieces.  So yes, it would upset some tea tables.  But that's just the sort of change that's powerful enough to make top-level games of chess more decisive and less drawish.  Anyway, those who put in the work to study the new endgame theory would also benefit.  Endgame study might be even more valuable, because it's possible that more endgames would have a full point at stake, rather than a half point.  Endgames could be more exciting!

    Let's hope they would be at least, because probably more top-level games would end by simplifying down to endgames, since winning chances would be less likely to diminish in the endgame.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #124

    Senator-Blutarsky

    Stalemate is totally practical.

    It allows accidents and natural disasters to be part of the game.

    For example, the enemy is totally outnumbered, then a guy goes to throw a grenade to finish them off but accidentally throws the pin and drops the grenade.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #125

    timbeau

    The King really is the most powerful piece. Everyone else must be sacrificed, just to keep the King safe. (Excusing the pathetic fallacy...)
    Anyway, if you can't get your head around Stalemate (not to mention plain old Mate) go play with a ball instead...

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #126

    Senator-Blutarsky

    You see, if the king is trapped, all the enemy forces are around him but they have to wait for the King to make his move before they can nab him.

    In that respect, chess is kind of like a game of "you're it!".

    So the King decides not to move at all and all the enemy can do is stare at him waiting for him to make his move so they can nab him, but if he doesn't move ... stalemate is the only sensible outcome.


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