Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [rules]

Questions relating to the rules of chess

0
votes
2answers
49 views

notifying “check”

Learning to play chess. Twice we ran into a move here white player moved piece out of way. Next move was a clear line to white king from black queen. There was no move available to announce "check". ...
2
votes
1answer
71 views

Can a tournament director nullify a game in progress?

Recently I was at a USCF tournament. Six moves into my first round game, the tournament director came to my board and had me stop my clock. It turned out that the person across from me had the wrong ...
5
votes
1answer
95 views

Can a win be claimed on the second illegal move if the first wasn't raised?

First of all, I don't think this is a duplicate of what happens on the first illegal move in a game. This is what happens after the second if the first is unclaimed. The setting is a tournament under ...
6
votes
1answer
554 views

Draw offer without executing move

Scenario: It's Player A's move, and without executing a move he offers a draw. Player B replies "Please make a move". Player A then makes a move, where upon player B says: "Ok, I accept". Is it now ...
0
votes
2answers
130 views

Why queen traps happen so frequently? [closed]

I am aware that in most chess games the king is the one to be checkmated. Yet when playing many online chess games I have found the queen is the the one being checkmated. Is this simply another ...
1
vote
2answers
111 views

In a tournament game, what should a player do if he find that his opponent's position is impossible, which was caused by an earlier illegal move? [duplicate]

For example, if a player realises that his opponent has two bishops of the same colour after a certain legal move (and assuming that it is clearly not caused by any pawn promotion), which implies that ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

Tablebases for variant where stalemate is a win?

Since time immemorial, some people have suggested that stalemate be declared a loss for the player who is unable to move. This proposal is sometimes called "abolishing the stalemate rule" although I ...
1
vote
1answer
156 views

Rules: Is this position a draw?

Is this position a draw? [fen ""] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. Ng1 Ng8 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Ng1 Ng8 I don't mean to ask the age-old question "is Chess a draw?"; four moves have been played here, returning to the starting ...
1
vote
2answers
144 views

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 ...
0
votes
4answers
130 views

Blitz Touch Move Rule

In a "friendly" blitz game I got into an argument with my opponent in the following scenario: My opponent's knight was pinned to his king. He did not notice and touched his knight to move it. I ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

FIDE threefold repetition and possible moves [closed]

FIDE rules section 9.2 says: Positions are considered the same if and only if the same player has the move, pieces of the same kind and colour occupy the same squares and the possible moves of ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

A piece preventing white king from occupying a square can't move for uncovering check on black king can the first king occupy said square anyway? [duplicate]

For instance Black king is on g8 black light coloured bishop is on g6 white queen is on g5 black rook on d6 and black pawn on c3 are checking White king on d2 white king captures black pawn on c3 ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

wrongly accepted stalemate but game is a clear win?

What will happen when we wrongly accepted stalemate and thereafter 02-03 seconds we noticed it was not a stalemate but a clear win?
4
votes
4answers
175 views

Rules: How does right to castle and en-passant get considered for the purpose of calculating a threefold repetition

I'm writing a chess app, and have some questions regarding the intricacies of the threefold repetition rules. As of 2018, the FIDE handbook has this to say about what constitutes identical positions ...
14
votes
1answer
3k views

When does a chess clock start?

Lichess.org starts the clock of each player after their first move. Chess.com starts the clock when the players agree to a match, before their first move. I think Lichess is correct, that's what we ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

Why is it allowed to request an increment in time trouble?

From the FIDE Handbook: III.2.2 These Guidelines shall apply only to standard chess and rapid chess games without increment and not to blitz games. III.4 If the player having the move has less ...
4
votes
1answer
86 views

Should any information written on the scoresheet by the players be accurate?

The FIDE rules state: 12.4 The scoresheet shall be used only for recording the moves, the times of the clocks, the offers of a draw, and matters relating to a claim and other relevant data. I ...
8
votes
3answers
255 views

Why does not castling reset 50 moves rule?

Capturing a piece or moving a pawn irreversibly changes the state of the game and thus resets the counter for 50 Moves Rule. Since castling and first rook move irreversible changes state of the game ...
12
votes
1answer
7k views

If I touch a piece with my forearm by accident, can my opponent call touch-move? [duplicate]

If I touch a piece with my forearm by accident, can my opponent call touch-move? If the answer is "no", what if after my opponent calls touch-move, I believe him and move the touch piece before ...
5
votes
3answers
354 views

Is this considered checkmate or not

What if there's a touch move rule and my knight or bishop is blocking my king and I touch it is that a checkmate if so what is it called
4
votes
3answers
352 views

Is dead position problem solvable?

In chess, there are some dead positions (FIDE Laws of Chess). Arbiter or players will terminate the game OTB, but is it possible to do computer solution for dead position detection? If it is, then how?...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Should a player use the provided carbon copy sheet to record moves in a club/tournament? [duplicate]

I've been told some times that I must record my moves in the carbon copy sheet provided by the organizer instead of using my own chess notebooks. Is there any rule preventing me from using my own ...
1
vote
3answers
160 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
100 views

Multi (N>3) dimensional chess designs

I was wondering whether anyone has ever designed chess rules for more than 3 dimensions. At that point you wouldn't be able to visualize the play using one board. And you'd instead need to to use 8 3-...
6
votes
2answers
146 views

What are the downsides of fast tie-breaks after drawn games?

It is well known that a lot of games in the top level round-robin tournaments end in draws, often not very exciting ones. Many consider that detrimental, as it leads to spectators and sponsors losing ...
-3
votes
2answers
138 views

Theoretical new rating system (dissuading GMs from resigning) [closed]

Very rarely do grandmasters let themselves get checkmated. And to a certain extent I totally can understand that; grand masters can see the writing on the wall and they know when they are going to ...
14
votes
2answers
462 views

Is it legal to hit the clock with piece, captured or otherwise?

I have often seen in blitz games that when a player captures a piece and then hits the clock with the piece. Is that a legal move or is the player required to place it on the table and hit the clock ...
-1
votes
3answers
107 views

Is it legal for a move to put both sides in check? [duplicate]

My move resulted in us both being in check. Is this legal?
1
vote
1answer
144 views

Time ran out against bare king

If player A, who has a bare king, plays against player B who has around 9 pieces left on the board, and player B timer runs out (let's say player A's timer has 3 seconds remaining), who wins the match?...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Simultaneous exhibition rules

There are the FIDE Rules for Chess. This for different types of chess. Are there also official rules for Simultaneous exhibition chess? Where can I find them?
2
votes
2answers
145 views

Score sheet booklet

Is it allowed to use a score sheet booklet for notations (with recording of previous games), as opposed to a single "stand alone" sheet? Reason for not allowing this may of course be due to ...
4
votes
2answers
253 views

can I move a piece protecting the king if it keeps protecting on its new location?

Situation: there's a piece between the king and an opponent piece. If this piece were not there, it would be a check. If I were to try and move the protecting piece somewhere and leave the king ...
6
votes
2answers
234 views

What is a move that “is recorded in such a way that its true significance is impossible to establish”?

According to FIDE rule E.8 on temporary adjournment (my emphasis), Except in the cases mentioned in Articles 5, 6.9, 9.6 and 9.7, the game is lost by a player whose recording of his sealed move: ...
3
votes
1answer
248 views

What happens when both players are out of time in Blitz?

What are the rules when the clock for both players has reached 0? Are these rules different for digital clocks (where the clock shows who was the first player to flag) and analog clock where it might ...
3
votes
2answers
172 views

15x15 squared board [closed]

My brother and I made this 15 by 15 squares chess board that uses two sets of pieces minus a pawn and king for each color. We have already played a game and find it extremely fun and interesting, but ...
6
votes
2answers
314 views

When checkmate is impossible in a position [duplicate]

Edit This question is not a duplicate, as mentioned in my comment. The linked supposedly-duplicate question addresses neither my below question #1, nor question #3, nor question #2 except tangentially ...
11
votes
5answers
1k views

What is the result? (Rules + puzzle)

[EDITED to include followup - EDIT 2 to include definition of position] This is in part a genuine question on the FIDE Laws of Chess, and in part a small puzzle to solve. Suppose that during a long ...
0
votes
2answers
195 views

Why can I only move my Queen vertically?

I'm playing a game on chess.com and I want to move my Queen to h7. The website won't let me move it there. I tried moving it to other places but the only way I will let me move it is vertically. Is ...
2
votes
2answers
83 views

Team championship pairings

Is there some fixed rule how teams for leagues are paired? Is it deterministic once team gets its starting number? If for example two teams must play in early rounds (e.g. A, B from same club), is it ...
1
vote
1answer
96 views

Simultaneous check [duplicate]

My pawn is pinned by the enemy bishop, however if I push the pinned pawn 1 space my rook would then put the opposing king in check resulting in a simultaneous check with my opponent to move next Can ...
5
votes
1answer
240 views

50-move rule: FIDE wording seems weird

FIDE rules seem to say that I have to claim draw (3-repetition and 50-move) before I actually touch/move my piece. And if I move my piece first, and then claim the draw, it doesn't count. 1) Is this ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

why was en passant introduced? [duplicate]

pawns have only one privilage and that is to move 2 squares as their first move. So why was that too taken away? at final moment of game when we try to save our pawns to revive a queen and opposition ...
8
votes
1answer
692 views

What is the order of actions in chess under FIDE rules?

Reading some recent posts about the 50 move rule made me realize that I've never seen an explicit order of actions for chess. By way of comparison, the order of actions in Monopoly is given here: (1) ...
2
votes
1answer
107 views

Claiming a 50-move draw with a mating move [duplicate]

Under FIDE law 9.3.1, a player to move may claim a 50-move draw by writing down the intended 50th move and making the claim. Supposing this claim is otherwise valid; if the move would checkmate then ...
2
votes
1answer
195 views

Are there any legal positions known to be impossible to come to in a normal game? [duplicate]

There are some fairly obvious ways to set up a chess board that cannot possibly happen: both kings simultaneously in check would be one. There are some positions that seem impossible in a normal ...
9
votes
2answers
221 views

Does the chick promotion rule in dobutsu shogi really matter?

In dobutsu shogi, the chick (Japanese pawn) promotes to a chicken (Gold general). In my experience this promotion occurs only rarely and I suspect after much blundering. Does the chick promotion rule ...
5
votes
3answers
676 views

Can a king be checked with another king when checking square is protected by the side which gives the check?

Can a white King move next to a black King to check it, if there is a white pawn protecting the white King, preventing the black King from taking the white King?
1
vote
0answers
90 views

Taking the King in Blitz Chess [duplicate]

Question: In Blitz (5-min Chess) your opponent puts you in check. You then make a move that places your opponent in check. Can your opponent still take your King and claim victory (even though he's in ...
42
votes
2answers
7k views

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 ...
-4
votes
1answer
1k views

If I have only a king left and two blocked pawns, how many moves does my opponent have to mate? [closed]

I have only king left with two pawns but they are blocked. By how many moves an opponent has to checkmate me?