I am confused about pawn promotion. If I promote two different pawns, can I promote them both to a queen?

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    I edited your question to try to make it more easy to understand. I hope I did not change your meaning.
    – dfan
    Aug 15 '15 at 18:35
  • This is the best thing I like in my game. Yes you can promote them to queen. I always try to promote my pawn to queen. :)
    – gsjha
    Aug 17 '15 at 16:33

Even all 8 of them, if you manage to get them to the opposite back rank. Let's look at the relevant part in the Laws of Chess:

3.7e When a player, having the move, plays a pawn to the rank furthest from its starting position, he must exchange that pawn as part of the same move for a new queen, rook, bishop or knight of the same colour on the intended square of arrival. This is called the square of ‘promotion’. The player's choice is not restricted to pieces that have been captured previously. This exchange of a pawn for another piece is called promotion, and the effect of the new piece is immediate.

The bold emphasis is my own and probably the important part for resolving your confusion.


Yes you can. When your pawn reaches the other side of the board then you can have it replaced by any piece that you want except for another pawn or king. There is no limit on the number of pieces of the same kind. So in theory you can have 9 queens or 10 rooks :-)

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    Although having tons of the same piece (Especially a Q or R), would make a stalemate very likely.
    – JohnP
    Aug 15 '15 at 18:57
  • @JohnP: And also a fast mate ;)
    – Keba
    Aug 17 '15 at 20:14
  • I said in theory LOL
    – Marco
    Aug 17 '15 at 20:48
  • @Marco, also in practice, if you watch children's play.
    – jf328
    Jan 4 at 4:30
  • I've never seen chess sets with more then one queen of the same color. So how does one "add" another queen than? Or you have "remember" this pawn is a queen now?
    – vanowm
    Sep 12 at 17:32

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