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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.