Saturday, June 20, 2009

Some Lighter Fare

In a game that reached the following position, from a recent Israeli league game between Yuval Shatz (White) and Shaul Tal (no relation of the world champion), two children who are coached by the trainer Ya'akov Peleg, Black played:

1. ... g3+!

2. Rxg3 is stalemate, so White played...

2. Kg1

...which is still stalemate (as is 2. Kh1).

Peleg congratulated Tal for finding this clever stalemate combination. Tal said, in surprise: 'I didn't even notice the stalemate! But what other legal move did I have?'

The players had created a help-stalemate in two (and a clever one, too...) over the board.

Source: Shachmat be'Israel, Vol. 49 No. 5 (May 2009), p. 29, given by Peleg.

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