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Richard Rapport to switch federations to Romania - what are the rules?

Richard Rapport started his first game in the Candidates today still under the Hungarian flag despite reports a month ago that he and his Serbian wife were going to switch federations to Romania and ...
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Countermove without notation

Quoting the FIDE rules (E8.1§3): "A player may reply to his opponent’s move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another." Quoting any arbiter:...
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Why is it a draw after check from pawn promotion?

I've been playing against Stockfish, and sometimes I promote a pawn to a piece that immediately puts the opposing king (the only piece on the board) into check, but the computer says at that point ...
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What do you do when an opponent asks for a score sheet after a game in which recording is not compulsory?

I wish to know how to handle a certain situation regarding chess etiquette. Consider the following: I went for an OTB tournament recently - rapid 15 + 10 time control. Organizers stated that recording ...
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Did white make an illegal move here?

Black legally moves a pawn to the 8th rank, intended to promote it to a queen without specifying what piece this pawn should be promoted to. White immediately captured the pawn with his piece (as it ...
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"Premoving" in blitz over the board [duplicate]

I'm myself a lightning-fast blitzer, but some (Ha. All.) have better dexterity than me. Some specialists make their move even before I could hit my own clock. This is especially annoying when Fischer ...
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can players continue the game on mutual agreement in case of mobile ringing and arbiter noticing

In a situation where a mobile phone rings in the middle of the game should the offender's opponent call the arbiter and claim the win. If claiming is not needed and if the arbiter decides to mark the ...
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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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Questions about USCF Tournaments Requirements to Get the U.S. Chess Master Title

We want to organize USCF chess tournaments valid to get the U.S. chess master title. Please answer the following questions: Do we need a minimum of 4 rounds, if we are organizing a swiss system? Do ...
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Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When Writing Notation is Optional?

Do FIDE and USCF require Writing Notation in Tournaments with Short Time Controls? When is Writing Notation Not Required? We are planning to organize a monthly 30+30 tournament (30 minutes for 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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What rule is FIDE's ethics and disciplinary commission investigating Karjakin and Shipov under?

FIDE recently issued a public statement condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and also announcing an investigation of GMs Karjakin and Shipov by the Ethics and Disciplinary commission. Source ...
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Rules of Checkmate [duplicate]

I’ve attached a picture of the board configuration of an end game. Black wins this game by checkmate, however, I’m wondering how this is valid checkmate? To my understanding, checkmate occurs when a ...
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Meaning of the phrase "the same player has the move"

What is the meaning of the phrase "the same player has the move" in the sentence below "Two positions are by definition "the same" if the same types of pieces occupy the same ...
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What stops me from pumping up my rating by playing a 200 game match against a much weaker (>400 point difference) player?

This question is inspired by this extract from a question about minimum rating gain: One of the top 10 players in the world (say Magnus Carlsen), wants to increase his rating to 3000. He has a good ...
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Can I move a piece somewhere else if I left it but didn't press the clock?

Can I move a piece somewhere else if I left it but didn't press the clock? Suppose I touch my queen and then move my queen, keeping it on a square, and take my hand off. Then, before I press the clock,...
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Pawn went forward, capturing pawn that stayed parallel. Chess.com bug?

I decided to play a game against a real player in chess.com app. I played black. At some point of the game I had a pawn on f5 and white had a pawn on e5. White captured my f5 pawn with the e5 pawn by ...
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Is this move illegal?

I'm currently writing my own chess game with my own AI and have a Question about a move: Here, Purple moved his Pawn from F2 -> F3, which allowes the Green Queen on H4 to capture the King, and I ...
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Is it possible for the hopper/locust to jump over unmovable squares?

If a board with unmovable squares, such as Chessence, has a Cannon on a1, and an enemy piece on a3, can the Cannon jump over the unmovable square (a2) and capture the target? Normally, a "leaper&...
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Who makes the rules of chess?

We all know the rules we play competitive chess under. They are the FIDE Laws of Chess. Our individual federations in different countries may tweak the parts of the rules they're allowed to tweak (the ...
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What is the criterion for a chess set to be used in FIDE tournaments?

For example, a Harry Potter based chess set will never be used in a FIDE tournament. But that got me thinking: is there a specific set of rules/ criteria for a chess set to be used in a FIDE ...
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Actual cases of a "frivolous draw offer"

Having been inspired by a recent question here, here is another. FIDE §E11.5 prohibits "unreasonable offers of a draw". Some specific cases which might get frowned upon by your opponent, ...
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Insufficient material rule [closed]

As I understand chess rules, insufficient material means K vs. K, K vs. KB, or K vs. KN. (Correct me if I am wrong.) But what about KB vs. KB when both bishops are in the same colored square? Am I ...
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Can I use the restroom while it's my turn to play?

It's currently my turn and I really need to use the bathroom. I know I'm allowed to when it's my opponent's turn, but now it's not. I don't want to be accused of cheating, but I also want to play my ...
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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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Why are seconds per move time controls unpopular in chess? [closed]

When playing the game of go online, a common time control setting is for players to have X (e.g., 10, 20, or 30) seconds per move, with the clock simply resetting after each move. (There are ...
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What inspired the touch move rule?

This is the touch move rule: If a player deliberately touches a piece on the board when it is their turn to move, then they must move or capture that piece if it is legal to do so. Where did this ...
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How can I let my opponent know that I'm touching a piece to adjust it?

Everyone knows the touch-move rule, which states that: If a player deliberately touches a piece on the board when it is their turn to move, then they must move or capture that piece if it is legal to ...
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In promoting a pawn, if the pawn can be taken immediately on promotion, can I promote another piece, eg. Turn a rook upside down already on the board

Does a promoted piece have to go on the square the pawn has moved on or can I promote by turning my rook upside down on its existing square
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What is "Hybrid Chess"?

According to the latest FIDE rating regulations: 2. Laws to be Followed      2.1 Play shall be governed by the FIDE Laws of Chess or the Regulations for Hybrid Chess Competitions So, "hybrid ...
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Is playing without a clock, with the arbiter adding the clock when the game goes too long, within FIDE rules?

There was a time I joined a tournament where we didn't play with a clock initially. But, if the games went longer than 30 minutes, the arbiter added a 10-minutes clock to both sides. Is this allowed ...
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Literarily weak knights

When I was young, the knight was sometimes lousy and knights took the cake. It happened more than once that I hammered a knight sacrifice into the rows of my opponent during blitz...the effect being ...
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Do I have the right to resign on my first move or within 10 moves?

In chess, does a player have the right to resign within the first ten moves of the game? More specifically, I am curious if I can resign immediately on my first move. Additionally, do I have my right ...
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History of convention for king & queen placement

As stated in this question, the convention that the player with the lighter-coloured pieces makes the first move was not established until fairly late in the 19th century. Before then, what convention ...
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What is the origin of the chess pieces' movements?

Why do pieces move the way they do? Was there any reason behind the decision in the early history of chess? This Quora post for example mentions (no citations): Queen can give directions. And she can ...
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Black beginning (specifically, the Immortal)

By CPT (or better: the Chess version thereof) if a game is opened by Black, you can transpose it to the standard version (by swapping board, colors and move rights) and there is no visible difference. ...
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Looking for the finesse variant rules by GM Walter Browne

I am looking for the rules of chess variant finesse by GM Walter Browne. Here is my research so far. Two youtube videos : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nysD5lS4lBI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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What significant changes are there in the new FIDE rating regulations which come into effect from 1st January 2022?

A new document has appeared on the FIDE website called FIDE Rating Regulations effective from 1 January 2022. What are the significant changes from the previous rating regulations?
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What will happen if you have a position where no one can lose?

What will happen if you have a position where no one can lose? [fen "5k2/8/1p1p1p2/pBpP1Pp1/P1PpK1P1/1P1Pb3/8/8 b - - 0 1"] Here is my game, I know it is live960 but I was wondering the ...
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Rules regarding food and drink during a world championship game

Game 6 in the world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi ran for 7 hours and 45 minutes. Apparently the players did not eat during that time. Chessbase India reports: ...
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What is the need for repetition rules given the 50 & 75 move rules?

Given the existence of the (optional) 50-move rule and the (mandatory) 75-move rule, are the (optional) threefold-repetition rule and the (mandatory) fivefold-repetition strictly necessary? Do the ...
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What happens if you touch a piece that cannot move?

I heard that in formal games you have to move the piece that you touch first. What if the piece cannot move, as in there are no legal moves that involve that piece? What would happen in that ...
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Running out of time before playing a forced move that would draw the game

What happens if a player runs out of time before playing a forced move that would end in a draw? I suspect it is a loss, but it would be fair to be a draw. 7K/6P1/8/8/8/8/1k4p1/8 b - - 0 1 1... g1=Q ...
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Should the arbiter stop players from spectating other players' games? [duplicate]

Suppose a player forgot the correct "book move" in a tournament. He/She looked at another game played by strong players in the same tournament and happened to find the same opening position. ...
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Ignoring Touch Move results in an Illegal Move?

I just wanted to clarify the following incident: When touching a piece without expressing the intend to adjust its position (cf. 4.2.1 FIDE Laws of Chess), such that it has to be moved because there ...
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Article 12.9.4 Laws of Chess

Article 12.9.4 of FIDE Laws of Chess: increasing the points scored in the game by the opponent to the maximum available for that game Can you give an example of a rule violation penalized under 12.9.4?...
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There is neither checkmate nor stalemate, so why did black win?

I'm programming chess in python for my cs class and I'm doing some testing using chess.com. However, I'm confused as to why this game (and several others) seem to prematurely come to an end? AFAIK the ...
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Is it legal to take a piece to the bathroom during a tournament?

If a player grabs a piece to move it, and before placing it in its new position, the player gets second thoughts about the best position for the piece, and so they decide to think a little bit more. ...
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When can a player with just a bishop/knight vs overwhelming material claim a win on time?

Is there any program or algorithm that determines conclusively whether or not a person at severe material disadvantage can claim a win on time? This question got me thinking about precise parameters ...
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What constitutes a draw?

I know what makes a game a stalemate, and I know that stalemate is 1/2 point to everyone, and I assume draw is the same, but can there be a draw without a stalemate?
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