Glossary

Stalemate

A situation where the player to move has no legal move but isn't in check — the game ends in a draw.

Basic examples of stalemate with black to move:


The black king has no legal moves. Note that with white to play it would be a win after Kd6 or Kf6.

Even with an extra queen, black's king is not check and has no legal move, so it's a draw by stalemate.



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