Questions relating to the rules of chess

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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 ...
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How to start learning chess? [duplicate]

I have always wanted to learn how to play chess, but I don't know how to start. I downloaded chess apps on my smartphone and PC but I didn't learn anything. I also contacted some local chess clubs to ...
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What are the common rules of chess rules that are lesser known [closed]

Some of the chess rules are lesser known to the beginers.. Can anyone suggest such rules like En Passant, Three-fold repetition, Fifty-move rule, Stalemate, Castling Problems. Thanks in advance.
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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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Do FIDE rules allow listening to music while playing a tournament game?

I played a FIDE tournament recently and was surprised to see that some players had earphones on and were listening to music (or that's what it seemed like they were doing) while playing their games. ...
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FIDE tournament rules: Is a player allowed to scribble notes on the scoresheet while the game is in progress?

Do FIDE rules allow a player to make notes on the scoresheet like Here, I wanted to play c4, but thought it would be better to play d4 first. He played Nc6. I think he should have played ...
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FIDE tournament rules: Does a player HAVE to record the opponent's move before making a move?

Suppose I play 1. e4 and my opponent plays 1..e5. Do FIDE tournament rules require me to write 1...e5 on my scoresheet before I play the next move 2. Nf3?
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What is sufficient mating material?

The FIDE chess rules describe that "The game is draw when a position is reached from which a checkmate cannot occur by any possible series of legal moves" (FIDE rule 9.6). This rules is sometimes ...
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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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Do the rules of blitz chess allow a draw to be claimed if the position is dead drawn?

Consider this objectively drawn position that occurred in the Fischer vs Spassky 1972 match, game 12. Suppose this position occurred in a blitz game where Black barely has few seconds remaining on his ...
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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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In an ECF tournament, how are rapid play rules different from standard play?

I am interested in entering some rapid tournaments in England, and have heard that the rules for the rapid games are somewhat different than standard play rules. For example, I was told you can ...
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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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What is the correct pawn promotion procedure?

This may be a frivolous question, as I believe that most chess players are good sportsmen, but I was wondering: what is the technically correct procedure for promoting a pawn to a queen? Do you ask ...
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What is the correct resignation procedure?

I've only played in one tournament before and resigned most of my games when they seemed hopelessly lost. When I do resign, I: Make my move. Record it. Say "I resign" and offer to shake my ...
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Why can't a piece (that isn't a pawn) capture en passant?

Why can't a piece (that isn't a pawn) capture en passant? When a pawn makes a two-square move, the en passant rule says that on the next move, any pawn that could have captured it on the ...
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Why is castling through and out of check prohibited?

Why is castling disallowed when the king is in check or when the square the rook will be placed on is under attack? What is the rationale behind this ruling?
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London chess classic 2013 format

I have never been into watching live chess and found it strange that anyone disagrees with me but the format of London Chess Classic 2013 was just perfect. Like the rest of the civilised world I grew ...
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Is using a 2D magnetic board in tournament play legal?

Is it okay to have a 2d magnetic chess set next to your score sheet? And as you play, you move along with the pieces. I like looking at a 2d board better because it's smaller and I'm used to playing ...
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Can I still win if I take knight while the opponent has two pawns with king remained? [closed]

I play as white. I have a rook and queen and 5 pawns while the opponent has a knight and two pawns. I hope I can win this game. But is it legal to take the knight in next move? Then the opponent will ...