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  1. 06 Aug '05 13:54
    Hi,
    I have been playing a game of chess and assumed I had won as my partner was in checkmate. Only instead of the game appearing as "you won" in my list of games played, it has appeared as "Drawn". Could anyone please explain what this means and if there is any way to change this?

    Thank you for your help!
  2. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    06 Aug '05 13:57
    Not checkmate, but stalemate. There's a difference.
  3. 06 Aug '05 14:01 / 1 edit
    Oh, thanks for that. What is the difference between checkmate and stalemate? Does that mean that I did not win the game?
  4. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    06 Aug '05 15:56
    Learn the rules of chess. Then play it.
  5. Standard member thesonofsaul
    King of the Ashes
    06 Aug '05 15:57
    It is stalemate if you opponent can't move but his king in not in check. This is an automatic draw. You didn't win the game, but then you didn't lose either.
  6. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    06 Aug '05 16:14
    Originally posted by Bowmann
    Learn the rules of chess. Then play it.
    Shut up Bowmann.

    Stalemate is when your opponent doesn't have any legal moves, but isn't in check. The game is drawn, because your opponent can't legally do anything.

    Checkmate is when your opponent is in check, and doesn't have any way to prevent the capture of his king on your next move.
  7. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    06 Aug '05 17:19
    Originally posted by ark13
    Shut up Bowmann.
    Until there's a forum on chess tuition, and so long as there are those around who ought to know better and appear not to, then I shall offer the same advice.
  8. 06 Aug '05 22:43
    Originally posted by ark13
    Shut up Bowmann.
    Bowmann is right, if the guy can't figure out that he DIDN'T checkmated his opponent but still think he won............well,it's better for the guy to go read some rules of the game........
  9. Subscriber noxidjkram
    Anal(yst) Programmer
    07 Aug '05 16:24
    Originally posted by Fisich
    Bowmann is right
    Hmmm... Something about these words going together in a sentence doesn't seem quite right to me...
  10. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    07 Aug '05 18:32
    Originally posted by Fisich
    Bowmann is right, if the guy can't figure out that he DIDN'T checkmated his opponent but still think he won............well,it's better for the guy to go read some rules of the game........
    But he's trying to learn the rules by asking this question.
  11. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    07 Aug '05 19:07 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by ark13
    But he's trying to learn the rules by asking this question.
    If he is, then that's the wrong way to go about it.

    At what point will he know when to stop asking since he's learnt them all?
  12. 09 Aug '05 07:40
    Originally posted by Bowmann
    If he is, then that's the wrong way to go about it.

    At what point will he know when to stop asking since he's learnt them all?
    What do you care? People come here to play and/or learn to play chess, not get insulted by some idiot who is too cheap to buy a subscription, and only cares if people have talent.

    Go away, and let the door hit your ass multiple times on the way out.
  13. 09 Aug '05 13:28
    Originally posted by D43M0N
    What do you care? People come here to play and/or learn to play chess, not get insulted by some idiot who is too cheap to buy a subscription, and only cares if people have talent.

    Go away, and let the door hit your ass multiple times on the way out.
    Who's being cheap here? Don't tell me you are part of the RHP mass mentality too, for Christ's sake...
  14. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    09 Aug '05 14:27
    Originally posted by D43M0N
    What do you care? People come here to play and/or learn to play chess, not get insulted by some idiot who is too cheap to buy a subscription...
    Typical. When a sub can't think of a valid criticism, he insults the Non-Subscriber with one of the old clichés.
  15. 25 Aug '05 13:47
    I asked what you may all consider as being a dumb question because I am a beginner at chess and this is the 'help' forum. I did not realise this site was exclusively for advanced chess players. To all those who helped me with my question, thank you very much, I really appreciate it.