Knight & Rook-Pawn on the 7th Rank v. Lone King:
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Other Stalemate Situations
Knight & Rook-Pawn on the 7th Rank v. Lone King
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This type of Stalemate situation is more of a WARNING to the player who appears to be nailed-on for a victory ...

In this example, White's King, Knight and h7-Pawn (the Rook-Pawn on the 7th Rank) combine to Stalemate Black's King, throwing-away half-a-point.

The red arrows point to all the squares targeted by White. Crucially, they fail to target the square that Black's King sits on, costing White the victory.

The take-home lesson...
When the enemy is reduced to his King only, if you're in possession of a single Pawn on the outer two Flanks - either the a-File or the b File - and have just a single Knight in support, it is possible to blunder your way into a Stalemate, within touching distance of a Win.

So, be on guard that you don't make the same mistakes (as shown below), or you'll gift your opponent ½ a point.

A quick note about the "7th"...

The headline of "Knight & Rook-Pawn on the 7th vs Lone King" is a reference from back in the day, when the primary Chess Notation system in use was the Descriptive system. You can click that link to read more about it, but essentially, the Rank number for it is relative to the player's own perspective.

Where the Algebraic system has White's Pawns starting on Rank 2 and Black's Pawns starting on Rank 7; the Descriptive system, has each player's own Pawns starting on Rank 2, while the enemy's Pawns start on Rank 7.

In a way, the Descriptive system was more, well, "Descriptive", in recording what move was made - it gave more detail to the action and you could argue in that respect it's more superior in describing what's happened in a game ...

However, the Algebraic system triumphed, in the same way Sony's VHS recorder whipped Betamax's technically superior recorder - by being a more streamlined, less complex system, in practice.

Other Stalemate Situations
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