Questions relating to the rules of chess

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Why does the game end at checkmate and not upon taking the king? [duplicate]

Ever since I was a kid this has felt kind of odd to me. Victory in chess is achieved by "cornering" the king, and not by taking him outright, like what you do to all the other pieces. I always ...
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Can I resign if my opponent only has his King?

Well, obviously if my opponent has only a King, I cannot lose...either a win or a draw. Suppose I also have a Queen(Forced win). However suppose I want to lose (maybe I am winning and want to grant ...
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Moving a piece out of the way for check

I was recently told you cant move a piece out of the way of a second piece to allow the second piece to put the other player in check. Example- I have my queen, my castle and their king in a row. I ...
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Where exactly in the Fide handbook can you find the hand shaking rule?

So I was wondering where is it located, in the fide handbook, the rule that you have to shake hands with your opponent. I know it exists, especially since the Cheparinov-Short case some time ago, I ...
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How can I play?

Can someone please just tell me how all of the pieces move? I always get the castles and the priests mixed up, but I know one of them makes an "L" or a backwards "L". Thank you for your underatanding. ...
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Clarification on changed rules of getting rating from FIDE

As of July 2014 FIDE states 7.14c The condition of a minimum of 5 games need not be met in one tournament. Results from other tournaments played within consecutive rating periods totalling not more ...
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What should an arbiter do if a player has illegally stopped notating?

Situation: a standard game, 1 hour 40 minutes for the game with 10 seconds increment per move. FIDE rules. White has two minutes left and has stopped writing down his moves, as he is allowed to ...
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why taking notes that encourage oneself is illegal in chess?

Ok, in round 9 in US chess championship 2015 Men, Wesley So (2794) was forfeited by the arbiter to lose over Akobian (2622) since So took notes that were not chess-related but contained "general ...
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King facing king on same line or column

Just returned to chess after 40 years (yes I know). I have a memory of being taught that the kings could not face each other on the same line or column. Chess Titans computer game doesn't seem to ...
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According to official FIDE rules, when queening a pawn, can you pause the clock?

I have heard that you are allowed to pause to clock to find your queen. Is this true?
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Adjusting in ones turn only

There is this touch-move rule which doesnt apply when the player says "Adjust" . Wikipedia says : To adjust the position of a piece on its square without being required to move it. A player ...
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Pawn Promotion to Queen

I have my rook on the 8th rank. My pawn is directly behind it. I want to move diagonal with my pawn to promote it to a queen. Can I move diagonal to reach the 8th rank and promote my pawn?
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Is capturing a piece while castling legal?

Is it possible for white to do a queen-side castle in this situation and capture black's bishop? Assuming both rook and king haven't moved, of course. The rook would be capturing the bishop in this ...
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proof of 50 move rule

I recently edited the Wikipedia article 50 Move Rule as follows: The rationale for this rule is that pawn moves and captures are the only '''irreversible''' types of moves. That is, after ...
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Mac computer chess

I`m a novice of chess, but have been enjoying playing the program that came on my mac book pro. It seems to me that there have been some moves the computer will not allow me to make. For instance, mac ...
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pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces?

I participated in a club and went to training, the guy against me is right handed, so he placed the clock on the right. I'm left handed, so I play with the left hand and press the clock with the ...
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Can the King be put in Check by a piece that cannot move? [duplicate]

I am playing a game at the moment and I want to know if the King can take a piece that is being protected by another piece... that cannot move. Why can't the other, protecting, piece move? Because ...
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Theoretically, would it require more or less skills if the objective is to be the first to be checkmated?

I have seen variations of other board games or strategy games where the aim is to actually 'lose' the game by forcing your opponents to make moves. Applying this concept to the rules of chess, would ...
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Rules for ending a chess game

I have seen many games that do not end by checkmate but still say 0-1 or 1-0. The following picture also shows that the game did not end but White won. Can anyone please explain this.
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Queen with Knight capabilities

I find it interesting that the Queen can move with the same capabilities as the Rook and the Bishop, but cannot 'jump' or move like the Knight, I understand that this would overpower the queen but ...
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Could black have taken the queen here?

Could black have taken the queen here? Note the bishop and the knight [FEN "r5k1/1b3Qpp/5b2/p1p1N3/2P2P1P/8/P1N5/K4Rn1 w - - 0 1"] [Title "Can black take the queen?"]
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Can my King take? [duplicate]

ok so here is the issue I'm having... I am playing a correspondence game online and I came across a situation where I pinned my opponents rook against his King and in between his rook and my king is ...
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Is this a checkmate for White?

[FEN "8/3RkQ2/3B4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Is there a way out for Black? My son and I finished this way (only the relevant parts of the position are shown in the diagram), but reading about ...
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How should an arbiter handle copying moves from another game?

In 2004 the British illusionist, Derren Brown, despite being a very poor chess player scored +4 -3 =2 against 9 strong chess players including scoring 2/4 against 4 grandmasters in a simul. Of course ...
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Pawn promotion movement

If a pawn is promoted does that count as a move. What if a rook is waiting and could capture the new queen in one move??? What exactly happens when a pawn is promoted?
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Chess rule clarification [duplicate]

As my English chess vocabulary is very poor, I might pass near the solution but didn't see it... So here's my question : Can the white King go to d5 or f5 since the black Knight can't move ?
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Is the 50-move rule ever used in Grandmaster games?

The 50-move rule states that if no capture or pawn move occurs for 50 consecutive moves, either player may claim a draw. It seems like the 50-move rule is never truly necessary to determine that a ...
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If on my turn I adjust a piece on its square without saying “J'adoube” or equivalent do I have to move it?

Suppose I nudge a piece back on to the center of its square using a light tap with the back of my little finger. Will this constitute touching the piece within the meaning of the FIDE touch-move rule? ...
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Rule enforcing a player to move on a turn?

I'm an amateur chess enthusiastic and I have a somewhat esoteric question about the rules of moving on a turn. In chess, is there a specified rule that a player must move a piece during her turn? I ...
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What are some methods that tournaments use to limit draws?

There has been a rising faction of chess players who believe that professional chess is too drawish. What are some ways that tournaments fight against the prevalence of draws?
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How much time on my clock do I have to lose before it is legal to stop notating?

When I play in tournaments, I do not know when it is legal to stop chess notation. Also, if my opponent stops notating, is it okay for me to stop notating as well?
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Is it legal to record moves that have not yet been played?

In a hypothetical tournament game where there is a completely forced series of moves for your opponent (e.g. their next move is an only-move and you have already decided on the response), would it be ...
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Touching an opponents piece with one of your pieces

If I touch one of my opponent's pieces with one of my pieces, but do not touch it with my fingers, do I then have to take it?
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If I accidentally knock over a rook with my elbow while reaching for another piece, do I have to move the rook?

According to the official FIDE rules for otb games, does the above description warrant the touch move rule?
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Why did the computer win?

I just played chess on my mac and the computer (black) won. Here's the final board: Why couldn't I, white, use my king (D4) to take the black queen (C5)?
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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 castling legal regarding rooks passing over attacked squares? [duplicate]

I was playing a game of chess and I was playing black. I had a rook on b2. I had control of the b1 square. My opponent white did not have any pawns in the second rank. My opponent; white castled ...
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Quintuple repetition and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

How does the new quintuple-repetition rule work, please? To be clear: my question does not concern how likely the rule and its cases are to arise in practical play, but rather just what the rule is, ...
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Draws, castling rights, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

A question of rulebook pedantry: Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. As you know, the Laws have long allowed a player to claim a draw by repetition. The July 2014 Laws, ...
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Draws, en passant, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. Some questions occur regarding the revision, including one re draws and en passant. [Title "Black to move"] [FEN ...
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Am I allowed to do a checkmate and win the game in this situation?

I am playing with whites. Currently my queen is at c7 and it's my turn. If I move my queen to d8 and declare check on the king, is this also a check-mate? sorry for the seemingly noobish question, ...
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Can I claim a draw if I am left with a king vs 2 knights? [duplicate]

I am in a tournament and I ended up with a king vs king + 2 knights. I know that the mate can not be forced in this situation, also if I will cooperate I can lose. So can I claim a draw in this ...
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If you exploit Article 12.9 in FIDE's Laws of Chess, is it possible to benefit yourself by purposely receiving a penalty?

After I received this answer on my previous question, I found the list of penalties which a player can receive, according to FIDE guidelines. As FIDE states in Article 12.9: Options available to ...
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Which rule was recently introduced/modified in chess officially?

Chess have lot of interesting rules such as castling,enpassent,50 move rule,stalemate etc. Now i have interested to know history behind chess rules introduction. Can anybody explain Which rule was ...
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What different time control rules are there in chess tournaments?

I am trying to find all possible time control rules that are used in various tournaments (not only regular chess, but also speed chess). For example on one of the website I am using the following ...
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When is it possible to carry out the “En Passant” manoeuvre?

This manoeuvre is a form of pawn capturing technique. When a player’s pawn jumps two spaces on a first move, that piece can then be taken from the side as the opposing pawn moves into the moving ...
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What chess *scoring* alternatives exist?

Chess (often being classified as a sport) stands almost alone among sports in that its results are of a strictly ternary nature that is not quantified any further: The only possible outcomes are a ...
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Can Black always choose seating position and clock position?

Watching tournament and competitive club play, players playing black sometimes switch the clock to their dominant side before the game starts without asking. Presumably, having the clock on your ...
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earliest text which mentions pawn promotion rule

My question is about the history of the pawn promotion rule (promotion to a queen). What is the earliest existing text (authentic written document in any language) which mentions the pawn ...
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Can a threefold repetition be claimed in a blitz game? If so, how?

Can one claim a draw by threefold repetition in a blitz game when no score of the game is being kept? If so, how? Once, in a blitz game, my opponent was simply trying to run me out of time. At a ...