Stalemate?

by Karsten Müller
5/9/2018 – Some people consider stalemate an injustice - but according to the current rules of chess stalemate is a draw. Which sometimes helps to save seemingly hopeless positions.

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Karsten Müller, born 1970, has a world-wide reputation as one of the greatest endgame experts. He has, together with Frank Lamprecht, written a book on the subject: “Fundamental Chess Endgames” in addition to other contributions such as his column on the website ChessCafe as well as in ChessBase Magazine. Müller's ChessBase-DVDs about endgames in Fritztrainer-Format are bestsellers. The PhD in mathematics lives in Hamburg, where he has also been hunting down points for the HSK in the Bundesliga for many years.
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Wembley Wembley 5/10/2018 08:12
I think I could probably count on one hand with fingers to spare, how often I've encountered Stalemate in graded games.

Similarly, threefold repetition too. I don't think I've ever encountered the 50-move rule either; except when watching engine matches.
Sotadas Sotadas 5/9/2018 02:33
Nice article. Please correct "Alwasy" in the header, thanks.
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