# Questions tagged [captures]

Questions related to capturing in chess.

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### What is the longest possible sequence of consecutive checks without captures?

The best known answer (54) for arbitrary checking moves is given in What is the theoretical limit for the number of consecutive checks?, but I'm interested in sequences without captures. As usual, the ...
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### How to quickly calculate two pawns facing two pawns

A situation that often seems to confuse me is when I push a pawn alongside two pawns that are head-to-head and my opponent pushes the opposing pawn, such as when Black plays c5 to my c4. rnbqkbnr/...
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### Is there a term for when each player captures a sequence of pieces without recaptures?

There is a situation that arises occasionally, where each player goes on a rampage through the other player's pieces (often using a queen), never stopping to recapture or defend. It usually ends when ...
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### What is the longest sequence of consecutive captures in a FIDE rated game?

What is the longest sequence of consecutive captures (including both pawn captures and piece captures) in a FIDE rated game?
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### How did a pawn appear out of thin air in “P @ e2” after queen capture?

I was playing chess against the computer and captured black’s queen. All of a sudden, a black pawn appears out of thin air, one space behind the captured queen for a total of nine pawns, and moves ...
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### Why doesn't Black play Bd4?

This puzzle on chesstempo caught my eye (we play as White): [FEN "4q1k/p4pb/r4npp/4P/n2B/5NNP/5PP/Q4RK b - - 0 1"] 1. Nd7 The move I made was e6, and it was the right one. Yet, the Black's ...
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### Why didn't the Black rook capture the White bishop?

I am a total newbie in chess. I was playing with an ~intermidiate computer~ as White and made a pretty stupid mistake by playing Bf4. I waved the bishop goodbye, yet Black's rook did not capture it. ...
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### Why taking the bishop with queen is better here?

[FEN "rnbq1rk1/pp1B1p1p/5bp1/2pPp3/8/8/PPPNQPPP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1"] The engine doesn't want me to take the bishop with the bishop, but to instead use the queen and I don't understand. What ...
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### How much material is needed to force the capture of a lone queen (for example in horde chess)?

In horde chess, the following starting position is used: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/1PP2PP1/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP w - - 0 1"] The goal of White is to checkmate Black; the goal ...
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### Maximum number of quiet moves in a position

The question of how many captures a position can have has been asked in the past: Maximum number of captures in a position Without captures, and without promotion, which I define as “quiet” moves, ...
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### Discovered attack in quiescent search

I'm implementing quiescent search in my chess engine, although just capturing moves have been generated. In the below position, at 1 ply, the white queen captures the pawn, but the quiescent search ...
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### Openings that reach endgames? [duplicate]

I'm looking for some openings for white and black that have a high probability of trading queens early on without being significantly worse. Does anyone know any openings that fit this criteria?
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### Touch move and capture sequence

When considering the touch move rule, I am still unclear about the legal sequence for a capture. Example, white intends to capture a took on a8 with rook on a1 (open file). Does white have to touch ...
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### What is the correct hand movement to capture a piece?

I see players in international tournaments taking pieces in the following fashion: first they take off the board the piece they intend to take, and only then, with the same hand, they move their ...
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### Longest sequence before a certain capture

Inspired by a recent question, what is the longest possible sequence before White can make a certain capture? Basically, White is trying to capture a chosen piece, and Black optimally defends that ...
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### Why doesn’t the computer like my odd queen trade?

I played a game as Black some months ago on chess.com in which I made a rather amusing, in my opinion at the least, queen trade. I won the game in the end, but only after being a bastard and promoting ...
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### When is it a good idea to capture the fianchettoed bishop?

According to Simon Williams, from 25:10 and forwards of this stream, his opponents attempt at capturing his fianchettoed bishop with a bishop and queen battery is not a good idea "in these types of ...
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### Can a player capture en passant two times in a row?

Suppose that there are only two pawns that White can use to put the Black king in check that are on the board. But in both cases, the pawns need to move past Black pawns, risking en passant capture to ...
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### Why not take the bishop with the knight (Guseinov vs. Bauer)?

In this game between Guseinov (2622) vs. Bauer (2634): Crete 2007 · French, Winawer, Alekhine (Maroczy) gambit (C15) · ½-½ [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nge2 Nc6 ...
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### What is the longest possible series of consecutive captures?

What is this the longest possible series of consecutive captures in a legal position? Here is an example of 25 on the same square, which is not required. [FEN "q1kr2q1/1qnqnb2/2prp3/q2pK3/2P1P3/...
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### Piece And Pawn Only Massacre Games

What are the fastest possible games in which only all pieces and all pawns are captured? I did some searching myself. Pieces Only [Title "me, chess.stackexchange.com 3/2/2019, Non-Unique Proof ...
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### Why isn't the objective of chess to capture the opponent's king? [duplicate]

The objective of chess is to put the opponent's king in a position where it cannot evade capture. Why not go all the way? Short of tremendous blunders of moving into check, chess would be completely ...
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### In the case of en passant, should I move my pawn first or remove my opponent's one?

I know that, according to chess rules, every move should be made with a single hand. However, this does not clarify if, when making an en passant capture, I should move my pawn first or remove the ...
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### Why is it better to capture the f pawn?

Yesterday I reached this position: [fen "rnbqk1nr/ppp3bp/3pp1p1/5p2/2PPP3/2N2N2/PP3PPP/R1BQKB1R w - - 0 1"] 1. Bg5 (1. exf5) White to play, I played Bg5. Lichess told me in the analysis that was ...
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### How can I improve my evaluation of exchange positions?

I am a casual chess player and I have recently identified a weakness in my play when it comes to positions where there is some "tension" on the board. By tension I mean that a series of capture and ...
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### Capturing the king in a blitz game

In a blitz game, when my king is checked, I make an illegal move that checkmated the opponent and pressed the clock. Then my opponent captured my king and claimed victory. Capturing the king is not a ...
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### Capture towards the center vs. undoubling

There is a spoken advice to capture with the pawns always towards the center. This situation let me think for a while. Is undoubling here not better?
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### Can white king capture defended pawn by pinned piece? [duplicate]

Black can not move his bishop and can not attack the white king even if the white king captured the black pawn. Can the white king capture the pawn ?
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### The Black knight challenge

[FEN "8/8/8/8/8/pNnbPPpN/RBppPbrP/pkKPrqQR b - - 0 1"] I was introduced to a challenge a few weeks ago with the above position. The challenge is to move the Black Knight such that it must ...
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### Only being able to move and not capture while in check

I was playing chess with my Dad, and he was shocked when I made a capture while check. He said that when he learned to play, that, when you are in check, you cannot capture with the king or any other ...
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### Chesscademy Tactic: Is my alternative as good as the right answer?

I've been playing with the Chesscademy app for a while, solving some tactics (which I'm not sure is improving my chess, but it's a good puzzle to kill some time). Today I ran into one tactic that I ...
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### Stretching the tournament rules, re: capturing pieces

Building on this question about tournament etiquette: What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece? Suppose I want to capture a piece but am not sure which of my pieces ...
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### Notable decisive grandmaster-level games where only pawns were captured?

Are there any notable Grandmaster-level games that were won with only pawns captured, but no higher level pieces?
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### How to gain material by trading pieces?

So, I am learning the basics on trading pieces, but can someone please give me tips on the "Art of trading pieces with material gain". I know a concept called overloading, but are there any other ...
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### Was there ever a time when the goal in chess was to capture the king?

The modern rules of chess, except for the stalemating being a draw, are basically equivalent to a game in which the goal is just to capture the king, not checkmate him. It's plausible that in the ...
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### Why didn't Donald Byrne capture with the queen instead of pawn (against 13-year-old Bobby Fischer in the Game of the Century)?

I watched this video - Game of the Century - Bobby Fischer vs Donald Byrne in which the 13-year-old Bobby Fischer defeated Donald Byrne in an epic match. But I didn't really understand what happened ...
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### Why can I not make an en passant capture? [duplicate]

Here is part of a Lichess game where I tried make to make an en passant capture-but it's impossible. The question is this-Why? I am new to chess. I searched for the chess of rules on Wikipedia, but ...
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### From a full board to a pawn endgame in the shortest possible number of half-moves

Is any game known where all the pieces (except the pawns) are still on the board, and where a piece (not a pawn!) is captured at each half-move, leading to a pawn endgame? In other words, is there a ...
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### Longest period with each piece "hanging"

What is the longest period in a real game with a position in which all pieces were "hanging"? The game can also be rapid, blitz or blindfold, but both players should have at least a 2000 ELO....
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### With a pawn rush, should I take the knight?

I was just playing the computer, and it always starts with the knight on b1, moves out his other knight, and then plays his pawn. At this point, should I take his knight with my pawn, or do something ...
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### Why should black not capture the knight here?

I played a game on lichess. (Link: http://en.lichess.org/n2hfBGYy#18) After the game I did a stockfish analysis of the game. This is the position: [fen ""] [Event "Rated game"] [Site "http://lichess....
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### Maximum number of captures in a position

I was wondering what the maximum number of captures in a position is, either in a real game or a problem.
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### Chess variant where king is captured

While trying to teach my 4 year oldson the rules of chess, I found it difficult to explain the rules of check, checkmate and stalemate. Having already explained the moves of each piece and how ...
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### Which piece is least likely to be taken?

If one were to analyse a large number of chess games, which specific piece (not type of piece) would be found to be taken the least number of times? And yes, in light of SomePatzer's comment, besides ...
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### What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece?

There are a few different possible ways of capturing an opponent's piece. You could: Pick up both your piece and their piece simultaneously with both hands, then set your piece down where their piece ...
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### Can the king capture his attacker?

Can the king get out of check by capturing his attacker? For example, if the queen comes right in front of the king, can the king capture the queen, or must another piece capture the queen?
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### How quickly must a move be completed?

I was playing in a tournament once, during a sequence of captures, my opponent could recapture my Knight about 4 different ways. He just removed it and carried on thinking. What should I have done?
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### Are there any examples of high-level games in which the game was resigned or drawn without any captures?

Are there examples of high-level games which were resigned or drawn before any captures were made? Along similar lines, what game had the most moves before a capture was made? Edit: I'm especially ...
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