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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 27 Apr '07 14:30
    im sorry this is not a puzzle, instead im looking for a certain game where 2 players managed to get a stalemate in 11 moves in a tournament game (of course they worked together on that). anyone knows the notation of that game or the names of the players or so?
  2. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    27 Apr '07 15:30 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by crazyblue
    im sorry this is not a puzzle, instead im looking for a certain game where 2 players managed to get a stalemate in 11 moves in a tournament game (of course they worked together on that). anyone knows the notation of that game or the names of the players or so?
    Probably was something like this:

    S. Loyd
    1.e3 a5 2.Qh5 Ra6 3.Qxa5 h5 4.Qxc7 Rah6 5.h4 f6 6.Qxd7+ Kf7 7.Qxb7 Qd3 8.Qxb8 Qh7 9.Qxc8 Kg6 10.Qe6=

    Edit: or this:

    1.d4 d6 2.Qd2 e5 3.a4 e4 4.Qf4 f5 5.h3 Be7 6.Qh2 Be6 7.Ra3 c5 8.Rg3 Qa5+ 9.Nd2 Bh4 10.f3 Bb3 11.d5 e3 12.c4 f4=
  3. 28 Apr '07 08:54
    The amazing thing about that second game is that there are no captures. In just 12 moves, Loyd managed to immobilize all 16 white pieces without removing any. In the book where I first saw this, the author remarks that Loyd's stalemates are reminiscent of an old joke: an enormous fish is mounted on the wall with the caption "The man who caught this fish is a liar."

    (These are definitely not tournament games, so it's possible crazyblue is thinking of something else.)
  4. 28 Apr '07 10:09
    both very nice games hehe
    i think the first one is the game i was thinking of. maybe those guys played loyd's game and it wasnt mentioned in the article i once read.
  5. 28 Apr '07 13:42
    Aha! I think this is what you're looking for:

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1281617

    It's clearly a variation of Loyd's stalemate (about which you'll find more information in the comments to this game). The players must have wanted to draw, and figured they might as well do it in an interesting way.

    The players and tournament are obscure enough that I can't turn up anything more about them. But I did find the game mentioned on this list of unusual chess games:

    http://www.listology.com/content_print.cfm/l_content_ids.13614
  6. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    28 Apr '07 16:16
    Here is another stalemate game with all of Black's pieces on the board. The position is reached after White's 17th move. In this one, there is only one possible game score!