What Is A Stalemate?
A stalemate is a situation in which further action by opposing sides seems impossible.
In chess, this occurs when a player has no legal moves (so no further action can be taken), but still has his King (so the game isn’t lost)
According to the official chess rule book, a stalemate occurs when
- A player has no legal moves
- And the players King is not in check (being attacked)
In this situation, the game ends as a draw.
See an example here:
During chess games, if you are in a lost position, stalemates can be used to save the game and get a draw.