Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : What is a Stalemate in a Chess Game?

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : What is a Stalemate in a Chess Game?


Now I’m going to tell you about stalemate.
Stalemate is a situation in chess that leads to a draw. And it arises basically when a
King cannot move without going into check. So notice the difference with checkmate. With
checkmate, he is put into check by the opposition. In stalemate, he is not already in check,
but he cannot move without going into check. Now here is an example of this. It usually
happens at the end of the game and when there are a few pieces left on the board, although
it can happen at other times also. Now suppose that, in this situation, white were to decide
that he needs to protect this pawn. Black could, as things stand, simply take the white
pawn. So therefore, to protect his pawn, white moves up to here. Now this is the problem.
As things now stand, it is black to move, and black cannot move without going into check.
If black takes the pawn, he would be in check from the other King, so that would be an illegal
move. He cannot do that. He cannot go here because the pawn takes diagonally and therefore,
he could be taken by the pawn. And he cannot go here, because he would then be taken by
the opposing King. Therefore, there is no legal move that black can make without actually
going into check. Therefore, he is stalemated and the game is a draw. And it’s very important
to remember, stalemate is a draw. And you want to avoid stalemate if you’re playing
with white, obviously, because you’ve built up this advantage and now it’s gone, it’s
wasted. Conversely, of course, and we’ll get more into this later, but if you’re black,
you’d love to have a stalemate, draw in this situation.

35 thoughts on “Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : What is a Stalemate in a Chess Game?

  1. Is it still a stalemate if black had another piece that can make a move? Then I also heard by someone that if a king were to do the same move 3 times it's a stalemate. Is that true?

  2. suppose you have the other guy outnumbered by a ridiculous amount? I had more than just a pawn and king remaining against my brother's lone king. I had him backed into a corner and my armada closing in and because of that technicality he said "nope. we both lose" I don't care what he says. I declare victory.

  3. The rule needs looking at, if you cant move then your captured and should lose, its the other players skill that has forced you into that position.

  4. For some reason I always thought that this is simply called "mate" and the player who can't move loses the game. Hence "checkmate" being a combination of "check" where the king is threatened, and "mate" where there are no legal moves. It seems I was wrong.

  5. That game would end in a draw, since white only had pawn left and if that was taken away then kings vs king is a draw, so it doesn't matter what the white does, it would end in a draw

  6. This is the stupidest rule in history of all the games. I had two queens, a bishop, a rook and four pawns, opponent had only the king left. And I "didnt win".

  7. In Italian we say "eats" for "takes". Btw stalemate is really boring, it should be considered as a win since, you have blocked the enemy regardless of them being in check or not.

  8. Chess is about strategy. If you have a big advantage over another player and still lead to his king being unable to move then you deserve a draw

  9. I got stalemated by my grandma in a pretend chess double elimination tournament in which I had 1 loss at the moment. Stayed alive and won the rematch­čśü

  10. the people I play against are so clueless they say "it's not a stalemate. a checkmate is when the king can't move out of check" and I'm like bruh I know that.. a stalemate is when the king can't move without getting into to check but noo they call it a checkmate lol

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