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When (if ever) was it a rule that pawn promotion was optional?

I'm reading a very old chess book ("The Chess Pocket Manual" by G.H.D. Gossip, copyright 1894), and I find this passage in it's section on "The Laws of Chess": When a Pawn has reached the eighth ...
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What is the correct pawn promotion procedure?

This may be a frivolous question, as I believe that most chess players are good sportsmen, but I was wondering: what is the technically correct procedure for promoting a pawn to a queen? Do you ask ...
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Why would one promote a pawn to a knight?

I know that it is makes no sense to promote a pawn to a bishop or a rook as the queen can compensate for both but a knight is something different. However, the queen is still much more powerful. So ...
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Why underpromote in this KNNP-KR endgame?

In the position below, I'm promoting my pawn. The app says promoting to a Queen is incorrect, but a Rook is correct? In this setup it doesn't make sense. [FEN "8/1P6/3N4/8/8/3k4/r7/4KN2 w - - 0 1"] ...
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What are some examples of promoting a pawn to a rook or bishop?

I understand the theory, and have seen examples, of endgames where a pawn promoted to a queen creates a draw and instead the player typically promotes to rook. My question is, has this ever occurred ...
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Pawn to Queen probabilities chart

Statistically speaking, which white and black pawns are most likely to be queened?
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Is there any position where not promoting(illegally) would be the best move?

Is there any position, where moving a pawn to last rank but not promoting it to any piece would be the best move? By the way, I know this is an illegal move. Assume it is legal. Edit: Now we have a ...
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Do the official rules of chess forbid promoting a pawn to a piece of the opposite color?

Not that it would be everyone's first choice, but it is possible to concoct positions where having an extra piece block your opponent's moves and thus gives you an advantage (think blocking an escape ...
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What sense does promotion to queen make?

When a pawn finally reaches the eighth rank, then it can be promoted to rook, knight, bishop or queen. It is not hard to imagine that a soldier who has achieved a lot could be promoted to an officer. ...
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Earliest text which mentions the pawn promotion rule

My question is about the history of the pawn promotion rule (promotion to a queen). What is the earliest existing text (authentic written document in any language) which mentions the pawn ...
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Promotion race between three non-confronting pawns

Two evenly matched players have reached the endgame after exchanging off all their pieces except the King and 3 Pawns. Having castled on opposite sides, we have now reached the following interesting ...
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Are there endgames which could be forced wins if not for the 50-move rule?

Wikipedia's article on the fifty-move rule states: In the 20th century it was discovered that some positions of certain endgames can only be won in more than fifty moves (without a capture or a ...
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Why does Fritz prefer underpromotion in this position?

Why does Fritz prefer underpromotion in this position? How can underpromotion to bishop evaluate so much higher than normal queen promotion? Can this be a bug in the Fritz 14 chess engine?
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Touching a captured queen — must I promote to it?

Playing a friendly game against my son (but with Touch-and-Move in force), I was going to promote a pawn to a queen, so I fished out my queen from among the captured pieces, and placed it on the ...
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Pawn Promotion Endgame Problem-White to move and mate in 1

So I have not been this interested in chess for a very long time indeed. This problem was posed to me by someone who has recently become experienced in chess and also participated in a chess ...
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What is the most queens that have been on the board in a grandmaster game?

There are quite a few grandmaster games with 3 queens or 4 queens, but what is the highest number of queens on the board in a game between two GMs? I'd be interested in both the most on the board ...
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How likely is it that a non-orthodox promotion is optimal?

Under promotion is an interesting aspect of chess, but there are other possibilities that aren't allowed under modern rules. One is the so-called "dummy pawn", as this question discusses: When (if ...
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Why doesn't Promotion restrict choices to Queen and Knight only?

Queen, in a sense, is equivalent to Bishop and Rook. What is the logic behind "putting Rook and Bishop" in the promotion move's options? Why doesn't it (Promotion move) provide the choice between ...
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FIDE rules when opponent accidentally promotes to your Queen

This happened to someone else recently in a time scramble during an OTB game. His opponent promoted a pawn and placed a Queen of the wrong color on the board. He was corrected by the player and the ...
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Antichess pawn promotion

The rules of antichess specified in Wikipedia state that the rules of regular chess should be followed except Capturing is compulsory. When more than one capture is available, the player may choose....
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Did Bobby Fischer castle with a pawn promoted to a rook?

I once heard that Bobby Fischer pawn promoted to a rook, and then on a subsequent move, castled with that rook. I have been searching for the move history of this game, if it really did happen, but I ...
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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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How common/important is promotion to knight?

Is a chess program without the ability to promote to knight unacceptably incomplete? I have a chess program that implements most basic chess rules, such as en passant and castling. However, promotion ...
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Is it unsportsmanlike to underpromote to improve my chances?

Is it unsportsmanlike to underpromote a pawn to improve my chances? Sometimes I reach a won endgame where underpromoting my pawn will result in a slower but easier final checkmate. Old example, ...
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Is this 2B vs. N endgame won for the bishops?

Tim Krabbe gives this position on his list of serious promotions to rook and bishop: [FEN "8/8/5b2/8/K7/4N3/kp6/8 w - - 0 1"] [White "Boniface"] [Black "Pugh"] [Site "Bristol"] [Date "1995"] 1. Nd1 ...
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According to official FIDE rules, when queening a pawn, can you pause the clock?

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

I am confused about pawn promotion. If I promote two different pawns, can I promote them both to a queen?
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Under Promoting Pawn [duplicate]

I would like to ask if It is legal to under promote a pawn to opponents pieces? I mean like promoting white's pawn to a black's knight here will be a win. Here's the position for white; Ka5, b7 and ...
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Why does Lichess mark this move as “?!”?

I was looking at this game on Lichess, where it says "Checkmate is now unavoidable. Best move was Kc4." As far as I can tell, checkmate was already unavoidable, including after Kc4. Namely, Black can ...
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Famous pawn promotion matches

Except for a famous match between Tigran Petrosian and Bobby fischer, I don't know of any famous chess match between top notch players which had some climactic pawn promotions . Could anyone here ...
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Can a pawn that performed an en passant capture promote at all?

So let's say I capture en passant with a pawn. Using the same pawn, I get to the 8th rank. Can I promote that pawn into anything else? I've heard of this restriction in various ways. Some say it can ...
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Pawn promotion to queen of the other color

A Black pawn reached the end of board and Black himself picked it up and placed a White queen on the board. He removed his hand from the piece. I am not concerned with 'the spirit of the game' but ...
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What is the maximum number of promoted pawns ever achieved in a competitive game?

In theory, a player could advance all eight of their pawns to the end of the board, promoting them all. In my own experience, games with more than two promotions on one side have been vanishingly rare,...
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When a pawn promotes, does the new piece go to the promotion square, or the home square of piece type it promoted to?

When a pawn promotes, does the new piece go to the promotion square, or the home square of piece type it promoted to? In other words, if a pawn promotes to a queen, does the queen go back to the ...
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Is castling possible with a pawn promoted to a rook?

I was thinking about some rules and I came up with a really nice question. Is it possible to castle with a pawn promoted to a rook? If the rules are followed-neither the king or the new rook has ...
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Can there be two bishops on white tiles? If not, can my queen be capture and then promoted so I can win the game?

. Can there be two bishops on white squares? If not, can my queen be captured and then bepromoted so I can win the game? I don't know what to really do, because I ...
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Do you get an extra turn when you promote your pawn?

If you promote a pawn do you get a second move to move it out of danger? Or do you still only get the promotion as your move and it becomes the opponents move?
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Pawn Promotion to Queen

I have my rook on the 8th rank. My pawn is directly behind it. I want to move diagonal with my pawn to promote it to a queen. Can I move diagonal to reach the 8th rank and promote my pawn?
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How do you calculate pawn endgames, like if you have X number of pawns facing X numbers of opposite color?

I'll use a random example here with white to move, but I'm really asking about the general principles. 8/7p/6p1/pp3p2/3k1P2/PP6/1P1K1PPP/8 w - - 0 1 I'm a chess amateur and endgames drive me crazy....
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If a pawn promotes to a checking piece while also revealing a check, it is a double check?

I'm writing a chess engine just for fun, and during the validation of movement generation, I found some positions in Perft Results that differ from what my engine is producing. As an example, take ...
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Is Pawn Promotion obligatory?

Acc. to Wikipedia, When a pawn advances to the eighth rank, as a part of the move it is promoted..." This doesn'clear whether I am obliged to make this move if I am at eighth rank or it's over me?
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Pawn promotion movement

If a pawn is promoted, does that count as a move? What if a rook is waiting and could capture the new queen in one move? What exactly happens when a pawn is promoted?
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A word for the resulting piece of a promotion?

I'm looking for a word that represents the piece after the promotion. In a chemical reaction there are the reactants and the products. Is there an equivalent word for product in promotion? (In case I ...
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Situations of underpromoting the pawn

I recently came across a wonderful article on Chess.com about under promotion of pawns. One of the situations is here: [FEN "8/8/1KP5/3r4/8/8/8/k7 w - - 0 1"] [Date "1895.??.??"] [White "Saavedra, ...
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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 ungivable check. But it doesn’t always come with check. Statiscally speaking, what percentage of ...
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List of numerous possible reasons to promote to a knight

While this asks for a reason/any reason in general, I wish to make a list of numerous posssible unique reasons. I already have an exhaustive list of my own. Are there any more possible reasons out ...
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Why is there an option for the pawn to be promoted in any chess piece? [duplicate]

A pawn can be promoted to a queen, a knight, a rook or a bishop. My question is why would someone want their pawn to be promoted to anything other than a queen? I can understand the knight promotion ...
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What happens if I push a pawn to the 8th rank and press the clock before promoting? [duplicate]

What happens if I push a pawn to the 8th rank and press the clock before converting it to another piece? Does it make a difference if it's Blitz or not?
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Promoting a pawn

When a pawn reaches the opposing side it can be promoted. Given that the most advantageous choice of promotion is to a Queen I have 3 questions. Does this mean that the newly promoted piece (e.g. ...
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Question on promoting pawns to queens

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?