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Do the points still count?

Let's say my queen is taken by my opponent, scoring 9 points. If I get my pawn to the other end and exchange it for a queen, do they lose those points?
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Was this a valid draw?

I was playing this game in-person with someone and I was white. My opponent had a pawn on a7 and kept moving his king back and forth between c6 and d6 at least 3-4 times while I maneuvered my bishop ...
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Old versions of FIDE laws of chess? [duplicate]

Is it possible to view or obtain old versions of the FIDE Laws of Chess? I would like to trace the history of when various rules were added or modified. The FIDE handbook only goes back as far as ...
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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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What exactly happened in the Open World Blitz Championship in game Carlsen-Alireza?

In the 19th round of the World Chess Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia, Magnus Carlsen faced Alireza Firouzja with black. Alireza lost on time while he was trying to restore a piece he dropped. It'...
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Official rules for castling in Chess960? (Is there a loophole?)

Note: this is another rules-lawyering question. I first ask for an official source I am calling into question the phrasing of the rules. Then I consider a few plausibly official sources, and point ...
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What should a player do in blitz if he knocks a piece on to the floor after pressing the clock?

This question is prompted by an incident in today's World Blitz championship in Moscow as described and shown in this tweet. What happened was that Nakamura made a move, pressed the clock, on the way ...
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Can I place my rooks upside down at the beginning of the game?

Numerous times I’ve read that it’s illegal to use an upside down rook to represent a promoted queen because “it’s still a rook”. Does that imply that I can begin the game with my rooks upside down? ...
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Is it OK to adjust your opponent's pieces, and what if he objects?

With all the questions lately about pieces being knocked off the board, being forced to adjust a fallen piece, etc., it made me think of this common scenario. Players often adjust more than their own ...
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Can a player be forced to neatly center their pieces on the board?

Following up on a question regarding piece adjustment after an accident, I was wondering if there is a rule which forces someone to neatly place their pieces on the board? I am asking in the context ...
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Can a player be forced to adjust a piece?

If one of my pieces is knocked off the board unintentionally, do I need to place it back on the board? Can I continue to play with one or more pieces not on the board (but still have it in effect - ...
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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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Should a player be forced to move a piece that he has picked up after a spectator knocked it off the board?

While anyone can answer this, I do have official FIDE arbiters in mind. I am following a discussion on chess.com about the worst way you have lost a game. Someone related this story: This didn't ...
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Is a Finite State Machine a good way to model chess?

A very common model in programming is the Finite State Machine (FSM) (see here for a great worked example.) Is a FSM a good way to model chess? What are the best ways to go about it? What chess ...
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Penalty for violating FIDE rule 8.1.2 - writing moves in advance

At one of the chess league fixtures recently, one of the players was writing moves in advance of moving the pieces on the board. As per the FIDE rule 8.1.2 it's forbidden to do so, but in practice ...
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Is rotating a pawn so that it faces a different direction and then moves in that direction technically permitted according to the 2018 FIDE Laws?

While browsing the Chess Stack Exchange and Puzzling Stack Exchange sites, I've come across several instances where people have found loopholes in the rules of chess, causing these loopholes to be ...
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Was playing with both hands ever allowed in chess?

I was watching this video on Youtube of an Armageddon game between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov which happened in 1995. It can be seen that Kasparov is using both of his hands for some moves. (...
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What are pros and cons around banning castling?

Vladimir Kramnik has proposed on chess.com that castling be banned for the good of the game. What are the kinds of objective points that might be made for & against this idea? Based on these, do ...
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Possible game result combinations in a FIDE tournament report file

I am currently working on a small side project and want to write a chess tournament manager in Haskell. To properly set up the data structures I am wondering what the possible results of a chess game ...
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Which FIDE rule forbids pressing the clock before taking captured pieces off the board?

A long time ago I used to play OTB blitz chess at a chess club. We had club blitz tournaments [5 mins each with no increment because the clocks were old-school chess clocks]. I was new to blitz. I ...
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Can a player move before his opponent hits the clock?

In a reply to another question, I made an explicit presumption that under FIDE Laws, a player can move as soon as the opponent’s move has been made. But someone wondered if this was this really ...
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Is the FIDE International Organizer title required to organize high level FIDE tournaments?

The FIDE Handbook has a section called Regulations on Seminars & Title Award for Organizers where it describes what you need to do to get the FIDE International Organizer title. It says: Scope /...
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When is it appropriate for the arbiter to reduce a player's time?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 12.9 Options available to the arbiter concerning penalties: 12.9.1 warning, 12.9.2 increasing the remaining time of the opponent, 12.9.3 reducing ...
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What happens if a player suffers a time penalty but doesn't have enough time left?

Wikipedia's article on threefold repetitions gives a story about an incorrect threefold claim by Karpov against Miles: The clause about the right to capture en passant and the right to castle is a ...
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Are banter blitz players who draw arrows on the board during the game breaking the FIDE Laws of Chess?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 11.3.1 During play the players are forbidden to use any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse any game on another chessboard. Streamers and ...
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FIDE Laws of Chess pre-2017

I have to hold a lesson for B-Trainers about the law of chess, and i have to tell them what has changed in the last years. While i’m quite sure that i can teach the actual LoC (that’s what i regularly ...
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How can you castle legally in Chess960 when the castling rook is on the king's destination square?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 4.4 If a player having the move: 4.4.1 touches his king and a rook he must castle on that side if it is legal to do so 4.4.2 deliberately touches a rook and ...
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Has the 75 move draw rule ever been invoked in a FIDE rated standard game involving a GM?

In the latest FIDE Laws of Chess the arbiter is supposed to step in and declare the game drawn if 75 moves are played by both sides with no captures and no pawn moves. It would be understandable if ...
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Does the FIDE 75-move rule apply after checkmate or resignation?

75 move rule says 9.6 If one or both of the following occur(s) then the game is drawn: (...) any series of at least 75 moves have been made by each player without the movement of any pawn and ...
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If a tournament advertises G/30, can either player demand G/25 d5?

A minor controversy regarding advertised and allowed time controls has broken out on a chess mailing list I subscribe to. A one-day tournament scheduled for tomorrow advertises specifically as five ...
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Should the Laws of Chess have an overseeing board independent from FIDE?

Why are the laws of chess still being overseen by the same political-governing body called FIDE and not by an independent autonomous body like in other major sporting codes such as football where IFAB ...
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Does permanent loss of castling rights reset three fold repetition

Threefold repetition requires that the same "potential for moves". For example, if a En Passant could be played in one position but not another, it does not count as the same position. With respect ...
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We found out that we made an illegal move later on in the game [duplicate]

I am playing with my friend. I didn't notice that my king was in check, so I made an illegal move. We noticed this after several more moves. What should happen next? Do we restart the game or ...
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Ambiguity in notation resolved by +

In the board position both knights can move to e4. To distinguish which knight moved one would normally write Nce4 or Nfe4. However in this special situation only Nce4 is check. Would it be ...
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When is it legal to castle moving the rook first?

As a follow on from the question Is it legal to castle with a "ghost" rook: When is it legal (according to the FIDE Laws of Chess) to castle moving the rook first?
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50-move rule: only the last 50 or any consecutive 50?

Suppose that, as a result of White's move, there have now been 100 single-moves (50 full moves) since the most recent pawn move or capture. White didn't claim a draw because they're going for the win. ...
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Lockheed draw rules

I recently played Lichess game that left me confused. My opponent had 1 second left on the clock when the game was suddenly drawn. There was no repitition nor was the 50-move rule invoked. Did the ...
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Why did I get only 5 points even though I won?

I'm learning chess and I practice in the chess.com app. I don't understand how the winning points are calculated in every match.
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Can you castle with a “ghost” rook?

I recently saw this mate-in-2 problem [title "White to mate in 2"] [fen "8/8/8/2B5/2p5/1kp5/8/R3K3 w - - 0 1"] This was posed with the hint that the player of the White pieces was a strong player ...
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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 there a rule for anti noise earpieces?

Few days ago, one of my opponent wore Bose anti noise earpieces. Of course, I didn't call the referee cause I knew that it wasn't a cheat technique. But I was wondering what is the rules for that kind ...
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Should FIDE introduce a minimum rating for arbiters?

As it stands right now, FIDE does not have any minimum Elo rating requirement for arbiters. In fact, there's no test to check whether one can play chess or not before being awarded a FIDE arbiter-...
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Possible ways to end a game of chess [duplicate]

How many possible ways are there to win a game of chess besides checkmate, resignation, timeout and disqualification.
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Are there any rules for transgender players in chess?

Wikipedia's article on transgender people in sports indicates there's considerable controversy about male-to-female players competing in women's competitions. The controversy is over physical prowess ...
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What should the arbiter and what should have I done in this case?

Recently, an official (FIDE-rated), tournament was held, where I participated, too. At the last round, the most critical one, I was black and my opponent white. Suddenly, in the middle of the game, ...
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What are the rules of chess in a nutshell?

I believe the question How to start learning chess? is actually two questions only one of which is a duplicate. This question is a fixed up version of it which asks only the other one of those ...
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Should an arbiter claim draw at a K+R vs K+R endgame?

I was asked for first time to help at a non federated tournament for kids to arbitrate their games, played at 30 minutes with no increment time. It was a scholar tournament and they made mistakes as ...
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Can I reply to an illegal move with checkmate?

I was playing with my brother, and we both had equal number of pieces. He carelessly moved his king in the direction of my queen. I was about to checkmate my brother, but he told that my mating move ...
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What to do if opponent has poor hygiene?

Are there regulations on what to do when your opponent has poor hygiene and it negatively influences your performance? I do not want to be disrespectful or shame anyone, but bad breath or body odor ...
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Is it racist that white pieces move first in a chess game? [closed]

There is a movement in chess endorsed by several grandmasters called “MoveForEquality”, which revolves around the idea that the black pieces should start first instead of the white pieces. The ...