In the first round of the 2022 French League, the young FM Floryan Eugène played one of the most incredible swindles in chess history based on a stalemate, against GM Jean-Luc Chabanon. I’ve taken the opportunity to review the 10 most amazing stalemates ever played.
or once, I will proceed in chronological order.
1. Troitsky vs. Vogt, 1896
In a desperate position, the legendary study composer managed to save himself by showing all of his creativity over the board.
Who else than a genius composer could have imagined White getting stalemated in 3 moves, despite having a queen, two rooks, a bishop, a knight, and 5 pawns?
1.Rd1!! setting an amazing trap 1…Bh3?? into which Black fell! It looks like White just has a couple of checks before getting mated on g2.
2.Rxd8+! Kxd8! 3.Qd1+!! Qxd1 1/2
I must admit that this is probably my favourite stalemate ever played, but read on, the others will dazzle you as well!
Two pawns down, White forces stalemate with five precise moves.
1.Qf8+! Kf6 2.Qh8+! Kf5 3.g4+! hxg4 4.Rd5+! exd5
5.Qc8+! Not on f6 nor e5, as the black king would no longer defend g4. 5….Qxc8 1/2
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