Questions regarding the written rules, or the unwritten customs, that concern proper behavior in the world of chess.

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What is considered a distraction to an opponent?

My questions concern section 12.6 of the FIDE rules handbook (http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=124&view=article) which states that it is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in ...
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How do you castle in one smooth motion?

One time I saw GM Gawain Jones playing a blitz game where he castled by placing one hand on his King and Rook. With a quick twist, the pieces were in the castled position. It happened so quickly, I ...
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What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece?

There are a few different possible ways of capturing an opponent's piece. You could: Pick up both your piece and their piece simultaneously with both hands, then set your piece down where their ...
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What advice would you give a novice in Chess?

I am a bit of a new blood when it comes to Chess. Oh I know how to play but before I started getting more serious it was more like flailing about and hoping for the best. Recently I came to the ...
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Does deliberately knocking the king over end the game?

When I play with my friend, he will often knock his own king over when he is going to lose. He ends the game and says, "I lose". Is this permissible?
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Move first, record later; or vice-versa?

Is it better to teach young players to record their move first and then make it? Or should they be taught to move first and write later? Is one considered better etiquette over the other?
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What are the essentials of chess etiquette in a serious, over-the-board tournament game?

I'm asking this question to provide players who are starting to play in tournaments a guide on proper behavior during games. I'll give an answer myself - perhaps we could supply an answer collectively ...
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What is the proper way to ask for a draw?

I know that the rule states "The game is drawn upon agreement between the two players. This immediately ends the game." but what I'm interested in knowing the exact way to offer a draw because I've ...
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Touching chess pieces in official matches

Is it a rule in official matches, that if I touch a piece I must play with that one? Sorry for my noobness; my friend said that I should move with the touched piece.
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How to play against little kids?

Say, in an age range of 7-12 years. One of my friends holds the opinion that you should trounce them at every opportunity, so that they can learn from their mistakes. Another says that you should ...
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Is allowing takebacks in friendly games a bad practice?

When I am playing friendly games with my brother, if one of us makes a big blunder that would make it pointless to continue playing, instead of quitting, we undo the move(s) to give a second chance ...
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Should you let your opponent know if they have forgotten to press their clock?

I'm in two minds here. The good sportsman says you should always let your opponent know (maybe limited to once per game). The more hard-nosed part of me says that managing the clock is part of the ...
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How quickly must a move be completed?

I was playing in a tournament once, during a sequence of captures, my opponent could recapture my Knight about 4 different ways. He just removed it and carried on thinking. What should I have done?
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In speed chess (especially bullet), are dirty tactics tolerated more?

In bullet chess, well, it's frantic. And sometimes I find myself making dubious checks just to gain time. Or funny gambits. But it feels unbefitting of the royal game. Is bullet chess bad for the ...
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Does the chess community have a problem with manners and sportsmanship? [closed]

Chess can be such an emotional game, when your intelligence is paired up against your opponent's. It's great fun at times, but at other times, it seems like we get too sensitive. More so than, say, ...
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Are there still wins by an actual checkmate?

At the international level, I normally see games that are either decided by a draw or one player resigning. It seems that players at the international level don't let the game result in an actual ...
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When is it appropriate to use a program during games with a longer timeframe, such as correspondence chess?

Are there rules about when a player may use a chess engine to aid his game? Is it always frowned upon? Do you have to specially ask? Not that you can stop your opponent from using an engine, but is ...
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When is it the right time to resign?

Most advanced players know when it is time to resign, but many beginners don't. What factors do you consider when it is time to resign?