Is it possible to checkmate an opponent with a king and a pawn without the pawn promoting to a queen or rook? I've heard that it is possible, but I don't know what the strategy is.

  • $\begingroup$ Are there any other pieces on the board? The answer depends on whether you mean just a king and pawn vs king $\endgroup$ – Herb Wolfe Mar 12 '16 at 2:31
  • $\begingroup$ So king and pawn vs king ends in stalemate if you can't promote? $\endgroup$ – Anonymous Mar 12 '16 at 2:35
  • $\begingroup$ If there's no other pieces involved - yes. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 12 '16 at 2:40
  • $\begingroup$ Stalemate, yes, unless the pawn is captured, then it's a draw due to insufficient material. $\endgroup$ – Herb Wolfe Mar 12 '16 at 2:41
  • $\begingroup$ but you can still win on time... $\endgroup$ – Anonymous Mar 12 '16 at 2:43

The checkmated king is in one of his corners with one of his bishops on the same rank right beside him (blocking him). The checkmating pawn is in front of the bishop (checkmating the king) with the winning king two squares in front of the checkmated king on the same file protecting his pawn and blocking the checkmated king's move forward. Of course there can be no piece available to capture the checkmating pawn. enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ What's to block the bishop, adjacent to the king, from simply taking the pawn? $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 12 '16 at 2:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Khale_Kitha Because the pawn is in front of the bishop. Bishops move/attack diagonally. $\endgroup$ – Paul Evans Mar 12 '16 at 2:38
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I misread the pawn being in front of the king, okay. (I re-read it 5 times, too ><) $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 12 '16 at 2:38
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    $\begingroup$ @PaulEvans It's a really good answer :-) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Mar 12 '16 at 3:00
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry I was new and I do not have enough rep. $\endgroup$ – Anonymous Mar 12 '16 at 3:00

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