rating : 500 or less. VERY HARD PUZZLE

Adorn_Aliment

Stalemate is mate.

But normally people would want to win, so they expect mate to be checkmate. Stalemate is also mate.

 

RichardDai

SEARCH ONLINE "IS STALEMATE MATE?" THE COMPUTER WILL SAY "No."

eric0022
RichardDai wrote:

SEARCH ONLINE "IS STALEMATE MATE?" THE COMPUTER WILL SAY "No."

 

That's the irony. Computers do not see things the way humans do,

 

In terms of purely the English language, stalemate is mate. In terms of chess, however, stalemate is taken to be a draw even though the word mate is there.

 

Stalemate used to be a win for the stalemating player at some point of time and used to be a win for the stalemated player at another point of time. Now it is known by us to be a draw.

Hypnoticdemon

Just Ra8#. This is one of the scenarios  where the kings don't  need to be in opposition  to Checkmate  with a rook and king.

eric0022
RichardDai wrote:

SEARCH ONLINE "IS STALEMATE MATE?" THE COMPUTER WILL SAY "No."

 

By this argument, if stalemate is really not a mate but a draw, then checkmate is also not a mate; it's called a win.

 

Since checkmate is mate, stalemate must also be mate.

eric0022

Some other "White/Black to move and checkmate in n moves" puzzles for players of under 500 rating.

 

 

 

 

RichardDai
eric0022 wrote:
RichardDai wrote:

SEARCH ONLINE "IS STALEMATE MATE?" THE COMPUTER WILL SAY "No."

 

That's the irony. Computers do not see things the way humans do,

 

In terms of purely the English language, stalemate is mate. In terms of chess, however, stalemate is taken to be a draw even though the word mate is there.

 

Stalemate used to be a win for the stalemating player at some point of time and used to be a win for the stalemated player at another point of time. Now it is known by us to be a draw.

Too true. If I made chess, I would have made that stalemate is mate.