I have heard that you are allowed to pause to clock to find your queen. Is this true?

  • Wasn't there a Karpov-Kasparov match where this was an issue? Kasparov didn't stop the clock while waiting for a piece, and that gave Karpov extra time or something?
    – Corvus
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 10:11

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You may stop the clock if the piece that you wish to promote to is not at hand:

6.12.b. A player may stop the chessclock only in order to seek the arbiter’s assistance, for example when promotion has taken place and the piece required is not available.

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