The Stalemate Defense

The Stalemate Defense

kenytiger
kenytiger
Nov 8, 2007, 12:00 AM |
23 | Endgames

The following position happened during the US Championship of 1951, which resulted in a victory for Larry Evans. Max Pavey (1918-1957), an American Chess Master and Medical Doctor, completely outplayed I A Horowitz. Black finds himself two Pawns and the exchange ahead, he also has a passed b-Pawn three squares away from Queening. Why hasn't White resigned? well, he sees a microscopic possibility of escaping defeat, using a nice swindle which involves the old stalemate trick. After capturing a Pawn at f4 with check, Black thinks it's all over, it's all over alright, but not as Black anticipated. Observe what White does.


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