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Morkar_the_Northman

Here's a 12 move stalemate. Are there any quicker ways?

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Sam Loyd
Rocky64

12-moves is pretty good, but record is 10-moves by Sam Loyd. Capture-free record is 12-moves by Charles Wheeler. See this blog: Shortest games to stalemate and ‘Mr. Robot’ chess scene.

Morkar_the_Northman
Rocky64 wrote:

12-moves is pretty good, but record is 10-moves by Sam Loyd. Capture-free record is 12-moves by Charles Wheeler. See this blog: Shortest games to stalemate and ‘Mr. Robot’ chess scene.

A fascinating blog indeed.

I wonder what such puzzles are still left for us to discover.

Morkar_the_Northman

Queenside 10-move stalemate.

blueemu
Hans_GOAT_Niemann wrote:

A fascinating blog indeed.

I wonder what such puzzles are still left for us to discover.

Probably quite a few of them.

If there are any Aliens out there, I wonder what new chess insights they might be able to offer, since they would presumably look at the game from a completely different perspective.

Morkar_the_Northman

Another interesting variation:

Morkar_the_Northman

Same variation as white: