Fight for the Stalemate

The win for White lies through the exchange of queens, and if need be,even with the sacrfice of one of his queenside pawns.And when in Chigorin-Schlechter,Ostende,1905,(above position),Black gave a so-called spite check 44...Qc7+,White did not see anything tricky in it.He offered the exchange-45.Qb6+?? but after 45...Ka8!he was forced to agree to a draw in view of either stalemate(46.Qxc7) or perpetual attack(46.Ka6 Qc8+ 47.Ka5 Qc7).The simple 45.b6 Qe7 46.Qc4 would have immediately won,since the check on c7 with the desired exchange can merely be delayed by Black,but not averted.
Here we come to another trustworthy and eternal weapon of the defending side.An extensive and truly inexhaustible theme for traps is provided by the somewhat paradoxical chess rule of stalemate.In life and in other logica games it has no analogy.But in chess...The absence of any move for the weaker side gives him life-and many pitfalls and mined squares have been constructed by defending side in search of stalemate.Normally the play is of a purely trappy nature


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