If you have two queens (original and one promoted) on board and the original queen is captured....can you promote your next pawn at the eight rank to queen again?

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    If promoting a pawn is a legal move, you can always promote to a piece of your choice (e.g. queen).
    – limits
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 21:33
  • No rule is restricting this.
    – ferit
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 22:58
  • Yes, and you can also do this if the original queen is not captured.
    – dfan
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 0:25
  • Yes, as others have noted, there is no restriction at all. In other words, it is possible (and legal) to have 9 queens, per side. (Original queen plus 8 pawns promoted to queens.) (Likewise, 10 rooks are possible, as are 10 bishops, as are 10 knights.)
    – Jeff Y
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 11:40

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Yes, you can.

Fide rules of chess 3.7.e):

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.

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