Grasshopper Chess: Helpstalemates

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Helpstalemate in Two

4 men

A. Kniest
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #832 June 1933
Helpstalemate in 2, with set play

Solution: set 1....Pc8=Q. play 1.Gd8 Pc8=Q 2.Gb8 Qc6.

Comments: Exact Echo. The original had no WK.

5 men

A. Kniest
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #1015 October 1933
Helpstalemate in 2, (b) Rd1 to g4

Solution: (a) 1.Ka5 Ge1 2.Pb5 Rd4.
(b) 1.Ka5 Gb8 2.Pb5 Rb4.

Comments: Change of function for the G.

8 men

C. M. Fox
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #350 February 1932
Helpstalemate in 2, (b) Ge8 to d7

Solution: (a) 1.Qe5 P×e5 2.P×e5 Se3.
(b) 1.K×d5 Sd8 2.Qd3 K×d3.

Comments: Two different single-file finales.


Helpstalemate in Three

6 men

J. de A. Almay
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #49 October 1930
Helpstalemate in 3

Solution: 1.Ka1 Kg8 2.Ga2 Ph7 3.Pb1=G Ph8=G stalemate

Comments: Epaulette formation. 1....Kg6 allows 4.Gh7

7 men

C. M. Fox
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #269 October 1931
Helpstalemate in 3, (b) remove Ge3

Solution:
(a) 1.Gc1 Gd4 2.Gb3 Kb4 3.Ga3 K×Ga3 stalemate
(b) 1.Gc2 Gd4 2.Rb2 Kd2 3.Ra2 Kc1 stalemate

Comments: Exact echo. Antipin of R.

8 men

C. M. Fox
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #51 October 1930
Helpstalemate in 3, (b) Pd5 to c5

Solution:
(a) 1.Pd4 Bg7 2.Rh8 Kc6 3.Gh7 B×d4 stalemate
(b) 1.Ra1 Bb2 2.Gb1 Ba3 3.Ga2 B×c5 stalemate

Comments: Trapped rook. Echoes, including with the diagram position. Epaulettes.

P. C. Taylor
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #464 June 1932
Helpstalemate in 3, (b) Gf6 to d4

Solution:
(a) 1.000 Gf5 2.Re8 Nd7† 3.Re6† Gd6 stalemate
(b) 1.Kd8 Gf6 2.Ra6† G×Ra6 3.Kc8 Sc6 stalemate

Comments: Rook pinned in first line and captured in second. Pin and antipin.

9 men

C.M.Fox
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement 1935
Helpstalemate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Gb6 2.Gd7 G×c7 3.Gb7 Gb×b7 stalemate.
1.Na6 Ga5 2.Na7 Gb8† 3.Nc8 Ga7 stalemate. (Ns pinned)

Comment: Both finales symmetric, but quite different.

C. M. Fox
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #976 October 1933
Helpstalemate in 3

Solution: 1.Gc6 Kf7 2.Gg8 Kg6 3.Gh6 K×Gh6 stalemate

Comments: Stranding the six remaining grasshoppers

11 men

P. C. Taylor
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #976 October 1933
Helpstalemate in 3

Solution: 1.Gd3 Ba4 2.Gf1 Bd1 3.P×d1=G Re8 stalemate

Comments: Asymmetry. Epaulettes. Bishop sacrifice. Promotion to G.
Described by solvers as "charming".

13 men

P. C. Taylor
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #267 October 1931
Helpstalemate in 3

Solution: 1.Sb7 Gb5 2.Gd8 Ga8 3.Kd5 Se4 stalemate

Comments: Remarkable final position. Pin and antipins.
Much traffic on stalemate square d5.


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Helpstalemate in

Solution: 1. stalemate

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