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Kings and check

Is it ever legal for a king to put the other king in check, even if after the king is taken by the opposing king, the king doing the taking puts himself into check?
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Is this endgame a draw (hacked - TestViking)?

In my recent online blitz video, I got the following endgame with the black pieces. With white to move, the game went as follows [White "hacked"] [Black "TestViking"] [FEN ...
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Is it technically a checkmate if the king is not in check, but all moves will result in check?

In other words, after white's move, black king is not in check. It is now black's move, but any move that black could make results in check. Is this a checkmate? Is there a chess term for this ...
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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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How do you checkmate with a queen?

How do you checkmate with a King and Queen versus King? Is there a method that is faster than other methods in terms of moves? Is there a fool proof method if you are in time trouble? Thanks!
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How do you checkmate with a rook?

How do you checkmate with a Rook and King versus King? Is there a good and fast method? Can you explain it in a good way? Thanks!
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Can two Kings stand next to each other?

My white King is separated from the Black King by one square (between) which is protected by my white rook. I moved my white King next to the black King putting him in check (from the square ...
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Can the King be attacked by a pinned piece?

A computer chess game does not permit moving the white King to d2 presumably because it's attacked by the black Knight which I suspect is correct, but the Knight can't actually attack that square ...
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Why is the king powerless and the queen powerful?

There's a discussion on meta whether historical questions are allowed or no, and it seems to me that it it's allowed as long as it deals with Chess. Historically, real kings were powerful, (Alexander ...
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Pawn giving checkmate

My computer checkmated me with a pawn move. I could have taken that pawn en passant but I wasn't given a chance to do that. Was that a fault of my computer, or is there a rule stating that a pawn ...
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With only a king left, how many moves remaining until a draw?

I am a beginner in chess. If I have only a king left, how many moves does my opponent have to mate me?
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What are Key Squares or Critical Squares?

What is your best definition of Key Squares in King and Pawn vs King Endgame Theory? Please provide graphics if possible. Is there a difference between "Key Squares" and "Critical Squares" or are ...
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How do you win with a queen against a rook?

What's the technique behind the moves of the stronger side in order to win? Are there situations where the side with K+R can force a draw against K+Q? I've read plenty of examples of K+Q vs K+R, but ...
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Why is it a good idea to fianchetto above the castled King? If I do that, should I make sure to leave the Bishop there for a while to guard the hole?

I understand why fianchettoing can be helpful, even deadly to an opponent, but should it really be done on the side which the King castles into? I realize that the King's Indian Defense/Attack ...
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When is castling possible?

Is castling possible if any of the squares involved in the castling are under attack, or is this a problem only if the squares moved through by the king are under attack and not the ones moved through ...
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With the King as last piece, how can you get a draw?

Let's say my last piece is the King. I've read several rules and posts of people saying there is a limit to the number of moves your opponent has to check mate you in, but there are some ...