Stalemate, When Only Kings Remain:
Part of the Chess Endgame Guide (Section 2: Stalemate)

Chess Endgame Guide
Stalemate Rules
[When Only Kings Remain]

- When Only Kings Remain -

If you've played Chess long enough, you'll know that Kings cannot attack each other ...

Just look at a typical Endgame sequence and, while you'll see Kings involved in accompanying other pieces into Shepherding the rival King to its fate, the closest either King can get to one another leaves a one-square width channel, separating the two.

All of which means, if neither King can reach the other to attack - and because Kings cannot be captured, only "Checked" or "Checkmated" - if suddenly a game finds itself down to two Kings and no other pieces on the Chess Board, the game cannot be won or lost, so ends in a Draw, known as Stalemate.

Moving On: Stalemate: By Accepted Offer (Page 6).

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