Chapter 13 Zugzwang/Stalemate Introduction – Diagram 373:

Name the square there the white Rook checkmates the black King in 2 moves!

See Answer below.


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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.

Next, see Diagram 374 Zugzwang/Stalemate:

White wins the black Bishop in 2 moves. > Coming soon!


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Answer – Diagram 373:

The white Rook will checkmate the black King on the c8 square! After white moves 1. Rc8, for example, black must play …Ke8, then white plays 2. Rc8#!


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