That’s a stale….mate
Had a rare stalemate escape/save tonight in an online blitz game. I had been defending a worse position and messed up in the endgame finding myself in the following position (note it’s from black’s perspective):
I found myself down two pawns and with about 15 seconds against 45 seconds in this 3-minute game. I spotted the stalemate idea here. I want to box in my king and then get rid of the rest. I thought at the time (well I didn’t have much time to think about it) that if I played 42…g4 he could play Kb3 and then Rd4xg4xb4 should win easily.
So I tried 42…b3+ 43.axb3 and now 43…g4. Of course white is still winning with Rd4 but he erred with a king move. 44.Kc3?? which allowed 44…Rxb3! now stalemate can’t be avoided and the game finished 45.Kc4 Rxb2!
Here my opponent captured my rook and the game ended in stalemate. If he doesn’t then all of a sudden he must defend! A finish which reminded me of some of the nice tricks found in Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics, rare to get such a nice finish in a 3-minute game and it gave me some pleasure despite the not so great result 😉