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White draws this losing position in 1 move or wins the Queen in 2 moves!


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Chapter 13 Zugzwang/Stalemate – INTRODUCTION

Zugzwang means being required to move, especially when you do not want to move–often meaning you must make a losing move. Zugzwang can result in a victory or the capture of an enemy piece.

Stalemate is a position where one player must move, but cannot make a legal move. Stalemate ends the game and is always a draw–neither player wins. Diagram 373 shows black about to be placed in Zugzwang by white, with a white checkmate to follow quickly.


Black draws this losing position in 1 move or wins the Queen in 2 moves >

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Chess Tactics For Students is a workbook for intermediate and advanced students containing 434 carefully selected problems in worksheet format. Chess Tactics has been extensively field tested with elementary, middle-school, and high-school students over a four-year period.

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The worksheet format and Answer Key enable self-correction with minimal dependence or direct help from a chess teacher, coach, or parent.

Answer – Diagram 398:

1. Qf2+                                     Qxf2, stalemate


1. Qf2+                                     Kb8??

2. Qxf7

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