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Endgame: Stalemate
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Stalemate is when it's one side's turn, but they have no legal moves AND the player is not in check. If that's so, then the position is stalemate. Stalemate mostly occurs in the endgame. It usually is the inferior side's (the side which is down material and/or has the weaker position) goal in the endgame. All games ending in stalemate are draws. In this collection, all the games rather end in stalemate or will be stalemate on the next move by force (if it's an only move or will result in material loss if not taken). Games are in order by date.

The following type of stalemate is not allowed:


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In that position, if white decides to take the bishop, then the game will be allowed. However, if the players agree to a draw without any more pieces being captured, then it will be excluded.

Below are some diagrams of stalemate.

Quickest Known Stalemate:
(by Sam Loyd) 1.e3 a5 2.♕h5 ♖a6 3.♕xa5 h5 4.♕xc7 ♖ah6 5.h4 f6 6.♕xd7+ ♔f7 7.♕xb7 ♕d3 8.♕xb8 ♕h7 9.♕xc8 ♔g6 10.♕e6


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Another quick one:
(by Frederick Rhine, a.k.a. User: FSR) 1.d4 c5 2.dxc5 f6 3.♕xd7+ ♔f7 4.♕xd8 ♗f5 5.♕xb8 h5 6.♕xa8 ♖h6 7.♕xb7 a6 8.♕xa6 ♗h7 9.h4 ♔g6 10.♕e6


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(rest coming soon)

78...Be5 1/2-1/2
W Spoelman vs Hebden, 2008 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

84.Rb3 (84...Kxb3 or 84...Rxb3) 1/2-1/2
E Williams vs Harrwitz, 1846 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

89.Nxg1 1/2-1/2
Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

44...Kxg8 1/2-1/2
J A Congdon vs E Delmar, 1880 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

44.Kxh1 1/2-1/2
Bird vs Englisch, 1883 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

84.Kf6 1/2-1/2
Burn vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

98...Rb8 (99.Rxb8) 1/2-1/2
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

56.Rxe1 1/2-1/2
Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1906 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

77...gxh6 1/2-1/2 (???)
Schlechter vs Janowski, 1907 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

47...Rxh8 1/2-1/2 (6/3)
Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

59.Qxe6 1/2-1/2
M Walter vs G Nagy, 1924 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

66...gxh5 1/2-1/2 (4/16)
Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

78.Kf6 1/2-1/2 (???)
Tartakower vs Reti, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

93.Qf2 1/2-1/2 (93...Qxf2 1/2-1/2)
C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

78...Rxf3 1/2-1/2
I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

55.Kxe3 1/2-1/2
G Danielsson vs W Lange, 1952 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

77...Rg2+ (78.Rxg2) 1/2-1/2
G Kluger vs B Sandor, 1954 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

67...Qd3+ (68.Qxd3) 1/2-1/2
Najdorf vs R A Redolfi, 1959 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

54.Qxc1 1/2-1/2
V F Titenko vs Murey, 1963 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

50.Rg7+ (50...Kxg7 1/2-1/2)
Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

53...Qg5+ (54.Qxg5 or 54.Kxg5) 1/2-1/2
Portisch vs L Lengyel, 1964 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

55.Kxc5 1/2-1/2
Y Nikolaevsky vs Taimanov, 1967 
(A10) English, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

77.Kxh2 1/2-1/2
Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

215...Qf7+ (216.Kxf7 1/2-1/2)
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 215 moves, 1/2-1/2

66.Kxd5 1/2-1/2
Pribyl vs A Ornstein, 1977 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

88.Kxg4 1/2-1/2
K Wockenfuss vs Ulf Andersson, 1977 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

124.Bg7 1/2-1/2
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 124 moves, 1/2-1/2

66...Kxg5 1/2-1/2
Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

55...Qe5+ (56.Qxe5 1/2-1/2)
Kasparov vs N R McDonald, 1986 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

45...Kxg7 1/2-1/2
M Apicella vs Lautier, 1986 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

78.Qc5 1/2-1/2
Kasparov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

78.Kxb6 1/2-1/2
Miles vs Rachels, 1989 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

91...Kxg6
R Djurhuus vs E Vladimirov, 1990 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

57...Bxa7 1/2-1/2
Anand vs A Dreev, 1991 
(C11) French, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

46...Kxg2 1/2-1/2 (???)
S Boyd vs T Glimbrant, 1992 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

38.Rh8+ (38...Kxh8) 1/2-1/2 (9/5)
W Fuller vs L G Basin, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

12...e3 1/2-1/2
J Hohmeister vs T Frank, 1993 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

10.Qe6 1/2-1/2
J Upmark vs Robin Johansson, 1995 
(A10) English, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

75.Qf3 1/2-1/2
Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 1998 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

72...Qxf7 1/2-1/2
Topalov vs Antunes, 1992 
(B32) Sicilian, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

179...Nc8 1/2-1/2
R Kempinski vs Epishin, 2001  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 179 moves, 1/2-1/2

49...Rh1+ (50.Kxh1) 1/2-1/2
A Romero Holmes vs B Kantsler, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

108...Bxd2 1/2-1/2 (1/26)
Carlsen vs Van Wely, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 109 moves, 1/2-1/2

65...Kxf5 1/2-1/2 (9/15)
Anand vs Kramnik, 2007 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

103.Ke7 1/2-1/2
Ding Yixin vs A Kashlinskaya, 2010 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

139...Bxb3 1/2-1/2
McShane vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 139 moves, 1/2-1/2

63.fxg5 1/2-1/2
Short vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

74.Rxa5 1/2-1/2
Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2011 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

153.Rxg4 1/2-1/2
N Navalgund vs J Ikeda, 2011 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 153 moves, 1/2-1/2

118.Bxg7 1/2-1/2
Gelfand vs A Kovalyov, 2014 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 118 moves, 1/2-1/2

75...Kg6 1/2-1/2
D Wagner vs D G Fridman, 2014 
(D73) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

79.Ke6 1/2-1/2
Nakamura vs A Giri, 2014 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

74.Kxb6 1/2-1/2
R Rapport vs Khalifman, 2015 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

53.Kxd4 1/2-1/2
Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

85...Kd3 1/2-1/2
Karjakin vs Caruana, 2015 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

55...Kc2 1/2-1/2
Lin Chen vs Ding Liren, 2015 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

66...Rf6+ 67.Kxf6 1/2-1/2
Radjabov vs S Sevian, 2015 
(D85) Grunfeld, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

64.h7 1/2-1/2
S Zhigalko vs I Bukavshin, 2015 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

99.Bxf2 1/2-1/2
Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2016 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 99 moves, 1/2-1/2

64.Kxg2 1/2-1/2
V S Gujrathi vs Gelfand, 2018 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

43.Kxh1 1/2-1/2
Navara vs W So, 2019 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

79.Kxg6 1/2-1/2
A Volokitin vs M Ragger, 2015
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

123.Kxg6 1/2-1/2
Carlsen vs A Giri, 2017 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 123 moves, 1/2-1/2

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