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Questions tagged [rules]

Questions relating to the rules of chess

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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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?...
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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 ...
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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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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-...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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?...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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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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?
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Taking notes of time usage during game

While I know taking making any notes during a game is against the rules (and Wesley So was disqualified for this), does this include denoting the time usage after each move?
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Custom Chess (game) engine

Is there a chess engine which you can use regardless of the game's rules? For example I wanna create my own chess version in which queen will also be able to move as knight or just a 10x10-square ...
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Illegal Move Missed — Too Late?

Standard game, USCF rules (if FIDE is different, I'd like to know). One side makes an illegal move -- specifically, castling through check. Neither player notices. Five moves later, the same side ...
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Is castling legal in this position? [duplicate]

Black to move in a game I just played. My rival and I were wondering about castling. Exactly: White bishop in D6 threatens B8. Is legal for black to make long (queen) castle? (Black king and rooks ...
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take the king in blitz game

In a blitz game when my king is checked I make an illegal move which checkmates the opponent and press the clock. Then my opponent takes my king and claims victory. Taking the king is not a legal move....
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Algorithm for implementing chess rule [closed]

It's my first question on the chess stack exchange (actually I asked this question to stack overflow but my question was closed 'off topic'), and English is not my first language. So please understand ...
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What ambiguities remain in the laws of chess?

Let an ambiguous rule be defined to be a rule experienced, reasonable, well-informed opponents are unsure how to interpret in a circumstance (however unlikely the circumstance may be) that can ...
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Candidates 2013: could Ivanchuk have drawn?

In the last round of the Candidates of the 2013 World Championship, there were two players left in contention. Kramnik (black vs. Ivanchuk) needed to outperform Carlsen (white vs. Svidler). In the ...
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Carlsen - Inarkiev game illegal moves

In the first round of the World Blitz Championship in Riyadh Magnus Carlsen played Ernesto Inarkiev and the game ended strangely. [FEN ""] [StartPly "53"] [Event "World Blitz Championship"] [Site "...
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If a chess board is disturbed, can the game continue?

Let's say I'm playing a game that has technically begun (white has moved) and then the board is disturbed: say a minor earthquake shakes the pieces off the table or something. Clearly no-one has ...
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What black piece can you capture?

What black piece can you capture? This is homework from school. [FEN "8/8/2n5/1p6/4r3/1Kb5/3p4/8 w - - 0 1"]
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Has any chess player ever been banned because of doping?

In December 2008, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Vassily Ivanchuk's refusal to provide a urine sample for a doping test. This type of refusal is "treated as a positive test result" (...
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Multimove variant rules with queen that does two moves in one

I recall playing a multimove variant special rules chess game where one player (say black) has all the usual pieces, while the other player has just a queen that can do two moves in one. So the queen ...
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Arbiter ignored cheating, and I signed the scoresheet. Did I lose my right to object?

I am currently playing in an ELO tournament. Today, while I was playing, my opponent occasionally got up and walked around. At first, I did not care much. Then, I realized that some people were ...