[Retros] reward for stalemate

Andrew Buchanan andrew at anselan.com
Tue Jun 17 11:06:48 EDT 2014

Ø  The stalemating player would win the full point.


That’s the way it works in Chinese Chess.


I think stalemate is a brilliant rule, giving a subtle resource to the losing player. Removing it might even make the game much duller, as players try to smother one another from the late middle-game onwards, rather than take the risk to attack the opponent’s king. I think that Chess 960 is a much better innovation, and can imagine it becoming the standard in a generation or so.


By the way, there is here in Hong Kong a very small number of “street problemists” who earn money by posing tricksy studies in Chinese Chess to passers-by. Perhaps HK$20 is at stake in such a match. I have only seen this myself once, but if there is a next time, I will try to photograph the composition (compensating the composer suitably) and present it here. I don’t think there are any “street retro-analysts”, however.


All the best,


From: Retros [mailto:retros-bounces at janko.at] On Behalf Of Kevin Begley
Sent: 13 June 2014 00:11
To: The Retrograde Analysis Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Retros] The basics of the relationsship between laws and conventions


The stalemating player would win the full point.


On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 4:24 AM, Seth <sethb at panix.com> wrote:

Kevin Begley <kevinjbegley at gmail.com> wrote:

> GM Nigel Short asserted that a stalemated player SHOULD earn no half-point
> (that, for the purpose of improving chess game tournaments, the stalemated
> player should be treated equivalent to the checkmated player,

What would the stalemating player get?  If 0.5 points, game theory says
the player about to be stalemated should pay off the other player to
agree to a draw.


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