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Longest sequence of unique legal moves for one player, always in check and ending in checkmate

I recently played a bullet game, in which I thought I was in checkmate, but then realized I had one legal move, this then repeated again and again 6 times until ultimately I was in checkmate. I share ...
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Why did white sacrifice knight in this Nimzowitsch's 1905 game?

Saw this image in a WhatsApp group. Initially it looks attractive with a possibility of a "smothered mate", but I am unable to find out if white can really survive for several variations. [...
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Was my opponent in check?

I’m new to chess and I had my queen on the left one space away from the king which was on the right and he was unprotected, is that check? E.g., take the following sample position (note: not provided ...
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Can a king capture a piece in front of the enemy king [duplicate]

Can I eat a piece in front of the enemy king with my king? For example: My king was on b6, the enemy knight was on b5, and the enemy king was behind the knight on b4. So can I capture the knight with ...
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A double pin: does this count as check? [duplicate]

I was thinking about this position. [FEN "4k3/8/4q3/8/8/8/8/2K1Q2r b - - 0 1"] [startflipped ""] Can the Black queen move to another file? If she moves then there is nothing ...
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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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Why is this a Checkmate? Pawn can capture queen?

I am just learning Chess. Why is this a checkmate? It's Black's turn, and White's queen threatens Black's king, so check. But if I play gxf8, the check is gone. Why doesn't the game let me do it?
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Does a variant called 3-check, where you have to check the opponent 3 times to win, actually improve your train of thought and analysis of normal chess, or is it close enough to normal chess to ...
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Can a player in check win, by checkmating the opponent, while not getting themselves out of check?

Consider a player who is in check. Suppose they can make a move that would checkmate the opponent, but would not stop themselves from being in check. Would that be a legal move? For example, in the ...
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Escaping a double check

Escaping a double check The answer to Is it possible to block a double check? says Moving the king is the only way to escape a double check. There is no possible other move that will block both ...
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Can Black draw by perpetual check?

In this position, from the game Carlsen-Radjabov, it is White to move. Is it possible to get rid of the checks? [Title "Carlsen-Radjabov, World Blitz Championship, Moscow Russia, 11/18/2010"]...
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Could FIDE make a rule allowing for a visual announcement of check and checkmate?

Using verbal methods in announcing check and checkmate in tournaments is, for the arbiters, the players etc, unpleasant. But, on the other hand, prohibiting any means for an announcement is annoying ...
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Is a both-sides forced perpetual check possible?

There are lots of positions where one side can force the other into a perpetual check. Is there any position in which there are no legal moves besides continuing the perpetual from both sides? For ...
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Can there be a position in which a player blocks check with checkmate?

Let's say that the first player gives a check to the second. player. Then the second player blocks and gives a checkmate. Is it possible?
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Queen versus rook endgame: to check or not to check?

Most tutorials the K+Q versus K+R endgame claim that at some stage, the key is to force the rook away from the king, then it is supposed to be easy: give a series of checks and fork/skewer the rook. ...
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Is it possible to be in check by three pieces? [duplicate]

Is it possible to be in check with three pieces? My thoughts so far: A normal move can't, due to the fact that you may only unblock one piece to make a discovered check, and then that piece may also ...
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Is blocking a check with a check an illegal move?

Say my opponent puts me in check. If I move my queen to block the check and it also puts my opponent in check, is that legal?
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5D Chess - Why is white king not in check in this position?

Why cannot black rook on c5 in the bottom timeline capture the king on c5 in the top timeline? Why is the king not in check?
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What is the solution to single-check chess?

Single-check chess is a variant where the first person to give check wins. There is a website that claims it has been solved, with white winning in four moves; however, I cannot find the moves ...
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Can someone explain why this is checkmate for white? Can a king put another king into checkmate? [duplicate]

I am just learning to play chess so bear with me please :). I understand that the black king cannot move to d8 or f8 because of the white rook, nor d7 or f8 because of the white bishop. But why can it ...
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Series of illegal moves in check

This question falls under FIDE rules (USCF answers/comments welcome). If I make an illegal move leaving myself and my opponent in check, hit the clock and my opponent misses it and then continues play ...
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If not in check, can a king capture an opposing chess piece?

If a king is not in check, can it capture an opposing chess piece?
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How is a perpetual check reached in this puzzle?

This puzzle on chesstempo caught my eye. We play as White: [FEN "4Q/4p1bk/1p1qp2p/p1p1n2B/4P/2P3B1/PP4P/6K b - - 0 1"] 1. Nf3 Side Note: The answer is of no importance here, so no spoilers ...
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Can you move from one side being checked to other side in stalemate?

I am not a chess player but I have a homework where I have to code a chess program. I would like to know if it is possible for a player's piece to be in check, the player to move out of check, and in ...
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Using a check-preventing piece to protect the checkmating piece

Let's say that a piece is protecting my king from check, i.e. blocked or pinned. For example, my rook is in the way of my opponent's queen in checking my king. Can I checkmate their king with another ...
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Why does White play Nc4?

I was solving some problems on chesstempo. This one caught my eye (the White just played Ng2, we play as the Black): [FEN "1k5r/pp4p/5b1p/qPP/N2r1p/P4P/K1Q3PP/2R3R w - - 0 1"] 1. Nb2 I saw ...
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Why does White play g5?

As a total newbie, I've been solving some medium-level problems on chesstempo. This one caught my eye. We play as Black after White's first move. [FEN "6k1/5p1p/5bp1/p7/P1r3PP/2n2N2/4NP2/1R4K1 w -...
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Must one say "queen check" before capturing a queen?

I was playing a friend and I took her queen. She said that I didn't say "queen check" beforehand. I have never heard of this. Is it a rule?
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What are the most common checks in chess?

I read somewhere that to optimize move generation for a chess engine it's good to have fast detection of position where one side is checked (to eliminate illegal moves). The author suggested that ...
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Checkmate without check beforehand

[Title "fucccommies-Diam0ndJake, chess.com, 7/8/2020"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nc6 4. d5 Nd4 5. c3 Nxf3+ 6. Qxf3 Be7 7. Bb5 O-O 8. O-O c6 9. dxc6 bxc6 10. Bc4 d5 11. ...
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Infinite sequence of consecutive checks allowing more pieces (say 9+ queens)

This is a task related to this question: Theoretical limit for the number of consecutive checks?. By a sequence of consecutive check, what we mean is white giving check, black replying with a check, ...
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How to get static evaluation from Stockfish in case that a king is in check?

I am working on a program that should recognize the difference between human and computer players. For this purpose, I need some parameters. A part of them would be the individual values of the static ...
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What do you do when you put your king in check and you don’t realise?

I moved my king as I wanted it to be in a safer location and after I did my turn my opponent realised that I put my king in check by accident and as the rules state you cannot put your king in check ...
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Is the game done if your only movement is getting out of check?

If I play as White and use my queen to check Black on every move, and Black can only move their king to get out of the check, can I win the game? White could move something else, but they decide to ...
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How is this move illegal?

I'm black and it's my turn. I'm playing in the Arena chess player against Stockfish. This is my current board: [fen ""] [startply "31"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 e6 3. dxe6 fxe6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bc4 c6 6. O-O ...
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Why is offering draw not recorded but giving a check recorded?

In recording a game, one typically does not record offering draws (if yes, how and is it required?) while one does indicate that a particular move gives a check by using + (or ++ for double checks). ...
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How can I speed up my check detection in Javascript?

I am trying to write a simple chess engine in Javascript. It performs very slowly but I have finally rooted down the problem to check detection. How might I speed up this check detection? If you have ...
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Minimax check(mate) detection

in my minimax function I have a first few lines looking something like this: children = board.get_all_possible_moves(board) if depth = 0 or board.is_check_mate or board.is_draw: return None, ...
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Moving into check for a draw as black, why is it illegal? Comparison to Racing Kings

I am confused why you cannot move into a check when it can force your opponent to capture your king and expose theirs. In such a case why is there no extra move to result in a draw? In the "Racing ...
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Program that will give all available moves given the state of a board, including check

I am trying to write a program that will give out every possible move for every piece (one move deep) given the state of a board. I have already done this such that it works with everything except ...
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There are three checks in this position?

I found this position in the Chess Programming Wiki. It's a perft calculation. In the depth 2 the results informs that there are 3 checks. But I just able to find 2 checks: Kf1 hxg2+ Kf1 Bxe2+ . [...
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Is it sportsmanlike to waste opponents' time by giving check at the end of the game?

In Blitz games, with very little time left for both players, is it acceptable to keep on checking the opponent and waste their time and win the game on time? Is that true sportsmanship?
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Knight promotion percentages

Knight promotion is the second most common promotion. Most of the time it is to give an otherwise undeliverable check. But it doesn’t always come with check. Statistically speaking, what percentage of ...
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If a pawn is promoted to queen beside the king is the king instantly in check?

If a pawn is promoted to queen adjacent to the enemy king, is the king instantly in check?
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Is it possible to block a double check? [duplicate]

Is it possible to block a double-check, or is your only option to move the king? (I'm trying to code a chess game, to then go on to code a chess AI, and this would really help me)
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Maximum number of ways to get out of check

What is the maximum number of legal moves in a legal position, given that the player is in check? It's easy to see that 43 is an upper bound. Let's suppose the white K is in check along a diagonal by ...
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Is black in check? [duplicate]

I know this sounds like a really basic question, but I couldn't find it anywhere on the site... On the following board, is the black king actually in check (assuming it's his move)? My thoughts are ...
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If you fail to move the king out of check (for any reason) what is the status of the game? [duplicate]

I will start by saying I am new at chess. The scenario is as follows. In a particular game you are in check, but fail to move out of check because you and your opponent did not realize this. Since ...