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Chess Stalemate – Stalemate in Chess Explained

by | Jan 8, 2017 | Chess Resources

Chess Stalemate rule is the position which lands you in a draw. Stalemate in chess is nothing but a tie. You might know about Chess checkmate which is the ultimate goal of a chess game. Where you have to attack Chess king and King has no way out. But Chess stalemate is bit different, let’s look at it.

Chess Stalemate

chess stalemate

Stalemate mostly happens in chess endgames, where king is not under direct attack but the opponent has no eligible or valid move to play. Which means opponent has literally no eligible move on board and neither its a checkmate, then such a position is called stalemate in chess and the game ends in a tie with both sides getting half point each.

Chess Draw – How Chess Games Tie

This is how chess games end in a draw, if you see the above position, if its whites move then it is obviously it’s checkmate very next move. But if it is black to move, you can see black has no square left and thus no eligible move, also black’s king is not under attack. This is how chess games are drawn or tied. This is what you call Stalemate in Chess.

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Hope this  tutorial was pretty much explanatory and now this rule is clear to you. Thus, I would advice that you be careful in endgames if you are winning, avoid getting into such a situation in hurry and if your position is down, try to trick opponent into this position and at least grab half a point out of the game!

This situation is very common when you promote your pawn and make a queen, but you should take a look that if you make queen will the game end in a draw. So sometimes it is wise to make a rook, knight or even a bishop depending on situation.