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Should we get rid of stalemate?

  • #121

    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...

  • #122

    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.

  • #123

    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.

  • #124

    It gives a player who has lost a chance to draw,they do it all the time in bullet,pathetic rule get rid of it.

  • #125

    Stalemate makes chess more interesting.  Keep it for sure!

  • #126

    Absolutely not. Stalemate creates good chances for a player with material disadvantage without a positional compensation to draw and, hence, lets him/her fight to the end. With stalemate being equal to mate in effect, endings like king+pawn vs king would result in victory for one of the sides. Draws will become very-very rare and will mostly be the result of two sides being afraid of possibility to lose if they play out, rather than a logical outcome of a long struggle.


  • #127

    Get rid of stalemate? Who are you, Nigel Short?

  • #128
    BradClooney, use your time well
  • #129
    Maybe we just should get rid of chess
  • #130

    View chess as representing war in past times.

    Kings were seldom 'killed'' but held for ransom.




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