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...
...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.