1. Standard memberBowmann
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    09 Jun '06 14:04
    Construct a position where:

    White has a King, Queen and two Pawns.
    Black has a bare King.
    It is White to move.
    White is not stalemated.
    White cannot win.
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    09 Jun '06 14:22
    Add a chess clock where white is out of time 😉
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    09 Jun '06 14:591 edit
    W: Kb6, Qa5, a7, b5 - B: Ka8
    Interesting puzzle, turned out to be quite easy though.
    I'm just wondering if the position is legal. Thinking in retro, Black could have moved a piece to a5 where White queen captured it. Or isn't it that easy?

    edit: The statement "White is not stalement." is that correct? Because with only Black king, white cannot be stalemate. Did you mean Black is not stalemate? That would make it more difficult indeed.
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    09 Jun '06 15:091 edit
    Originally posted by crazyblue
    W: Kb6, Qa5, a7, b5 - B: Ka8
    Nope. White wins after 1. Kc5.


    'Because with only Black king, white cannot be stalemate.'

    Oh no?

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    Is black stalemated?

    Sorry, didn't see white to move, ignore
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    09 Jun '06 16:37
    crazyblue, you almost had it.


    White can't win
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    09 Jun '06 18:36
    Oh, double bummer by me. At least I was close with the first one. 🙂
    The other stalemate with Black king only is nice indeed.
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    09 Jun '06 20:223 edits
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    crazyblue, you almost had it.

    [fen]k7/P7/1KP5/Q7/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    White can't win
    nevermind 😉 hehehe, had too many beers 🙂))
    On second thought wouldn't this work?
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    09 Jun '06 23:55
    Originally posted by ilywrin
    nevermind 😉 hehehe, had too many beers 🙂))
    On second thought wouldn't this work?
    [fen]k7/P7/K1P5/8/Q7/8/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    No - 1.Ka5! destroys the stalemate and wins.
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    ANY BODY GOT IT YET?
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    11 Jun '06 06:441 edit
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    11 Jun '06 11:13
    Originally posted by Knight Square
    ANY BODY GOT IT YET?
    I thought we had it already.
  13. Standard memberBowmann
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    11 Jun '06 21:39
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    [fen]k7/P7/1KP5/Q7/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    White can't win
    Correct.

    Of course, the position can be reflected over to the right side of the board.
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