stalemate

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stalemate

a chess position in which any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check: in this position the game ends in a draw
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The longer the game lacked a telling touch in the penalty area, a stale mate looked certain - until Rowe pounced brilliantly seven minutes from the finish.
The first half was a stale mate affair with neither team dominating the game.
Sunderland continued to press throughout the game but could not score and it ended a stale mate.