Stalemate

A valuable resource to help us save endgames is stalemate.

In this week’s problem, White is in big trouble. He has an extra pawn, but the good news stops there. The Black King is so active that it will be able to take all of White’s pawns.

However, White can still draw the game. How does White draw? He has to stalemate the Black King , eventually, to save the game.

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White plays 1 f4+ Ke6 2 f5+ Ke5 3 Bg6! fxg6 4 h7! Nxh7 5 fxg6 and the Black Knight is helpless against the passed pawn.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.