17727 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
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.
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...
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.
If we did not have stalemate think about what would happen! So if your opponent has no legal move but not in check loses! It would add another way of winning and losing. That would change chess. And not in a good way. All those beautiful combonations and moves related to stalemate gone! And only for complete beginers who aren't bothered to study the endgame.
"Sinquefield Cup Highlights - HOSTS GM Yermolinsky and GM Simon Williams"
F4 playing for a win
by petrosianpupil a few minutes ago
8/28/2015 - Back Problems, Ouch!
by Raymaster2500 3 minutes ago
picking an opening
by KingMeTaco666 7 minutes ago
by vincl13 16 minutes ago
My highest rated victory.
by SmyslovFan 17 minutes ago
Hurt/Heal Top 10 Female Chess Players
by Rapter_Michael 17 minutes ago
Can you have fun when you keep loosing ?
by SmyslovFan 19 minutes ago
Seeing the entire board.
by Harvey_Wallbanger 26 minutes ago
Where can I play with stronger players?
by DamonevicSmithlov 27 minutes ago
8/24/2015 - Nowhere To Hide
by Sripal8341 33 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!