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Draws by fortress and stalemate

achja
Apr 1, 2016, 7:11 PM 2

Some time ago I looked with the old chess master at some endgame studies, a dozen of draw ones.

A fortress is a chess feature which might not be known very well by beginning chess players, but can come in very handy to make a draw, so I'll give some examples first :


Fortress example 1 :

White has a queen against rook and bishop and two pawns.

White will be unable to win easily here, as black has a fortress, and black could try to play for a win instead.


Fortress example 2 :

GM Anand build a fortress in the 9th match game against GM Gelfand :

Here are some of the draw compositions from the really old book in Russian language :

For further reading :
https://www.chess.com/article/view/building-a-fortress2
https://www.chess.com/article/view/breaking-fortresses
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pawnless_chess_endgame#Queen_versus_two_minor_pieces
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_endgame#Queen_versus_rook
http://en.chessbase.com/post/fortress-or-failure

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