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MatPlus.Net Forum General Stalemate (spawnoff thread)
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Thursday, May 10, 2012 14:25]

Stalemate (spawnoff thread)

Of course stalemate is fairy, only an idiot would play
to stalemate his opponent :-)
But, but, but:

Ke3 - Kh1 Ph2, White to draw

It would be interesting to find a "real" study where White
can only escape a loss by stalemating his opponent.

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(2) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Thursday, May 10, 2012 15:08]

I know a study where white escapes by self-stalemate :) Does it count ?
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(3) Posted by Arpad Rusz [Thursday, May 10, 2012 17:24]

Yes, "Black Stalemate" is a nice study theme. Actually there are many studies featuring this idea (over 300).

Some examples:
Prokes (1952) wKe8,Bg5,Pc2,e2/bKe5,Pc3,c4,d5,d7,e3,e4 =
Ulrichsen(1989) wKg6,Nh8,Pb6/bKa8,Pa4 =

There are around 200 studies with "Reciprocal Stalemates" (white + black stalemate in a study). John Selman Jr. even wrote a book on this (Reciprocal stalemate. Margraten, 1991).

Ginninger (1930) wKa1,Nd3,Pb4,g6/bKa4,Na6,Bf8,Pa2,b3,b5 =
Kasparian(1978) wKc1,Bf6,Pd2/bKa1,Rb2,Pa2,a3,c2,d3,f7 = (two pin-stalemates: in the first stalemate a bishop is pinning a rook and in the second one the very same rook pins the bishop!)

My very first published composition also featured this theme but with a twist: it was a White to win study with a try ending with White being stalemated. In the real solution the same stalemate position is reached but this time with Black to move. Black doesn't have any waiting moves and loses by letting the white forces out. (I call this kind of position a "Virtual Stalemate").

Rusz(1998) wKh8,Nf8,Pc2,d7,e6,g6,h2,h7/bKd8,Re7,g7,Pc4,c5,c6,c7,h5 +-
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