Sunday 24 April 2022

Russian Doll

 The 2nd series of "Russian Doll" (Netflix) has just been released, and I watched all 7 episodes over 3 days. In one of the episodes the two main characters are playing chess in a New York park, while discussing (or explaining) a plot point. The game ends with one player claiming checkmate and walking away, and the other player suddenly realising it is stalemate instead. 

Based on the shot of the board I think the game they played was composed by Sam Loyd, and is in fact the shortest game that ends in stalemate. The moves are 1.e3 a5 2.Qh5 Ra6 3.Qxa5 h5 4.Qxc7 Rah6 5.h4 f6 6.Qxd7+ Kf7 7.Qxb7 Qd3 8.Qxb8 Qh7 9.Qxc8 Kg6 10.Qe6=

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