When a player cannot make a legal move but is not in check, a stalemate exists. If three players remain, the match ends in a three-way draw. No player wins and none loses. (See below.) If a stalemate occurs after one opponent has been checkmated, the two remaining players share the draw.

drawing of stalemate
Black rook captures red rook. It's Red's turn. Red is not in check but cannot make a legal move. The red pawn is blocked in all three of its forward directions. The red bishop cannot be moved without exposing the red king to check by the black rook. The two unoccupied hexes within the king's reach are under threat, either by the black rook or the white bishop. The match ends in stalemate and is scored as a three-way draw.

Stalemate Pending

When a player tentatively stalemates the opponent to their right, the opponent to their left gets the next turn and might be able to interfere. This condition is called stalemate pending, or draw pending. (See below.)

drawing of stalemate pending
Black queen swoops into White's tridrant and tentatively stalemates White. (White is not in check, but unless Red intervenes, White will be unable to make a legal move.)