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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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Can spectating while playing in a tournament be considered cheating? [duplicate]

This is only an imaginary scenario. 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 happen to find ...
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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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Why do receive higher ranked players a downfloat in fide swiss pairing?

I am trying to grok the fide specification of the swiss pairing algorithm, having a hard time with that. For example rule A.4.b reads: A4 [...] b After two players with different scores have played ...
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A Swiss nightmare

Inspired by a recent question, here a fantasy: The Superduperquantumcomputer "Deep Ponder" has cracked Chess. Assume a 9 round Swiss tournament with 2^9 players, White always wins. Will the ...
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FIDE Laws: what exactly does 'colours reversed' in 7.3 mean?

Article 7.3 of the FIDE Laws reads: If a game has started with colours reversed then, if less than 10 moves have been made by both players, it shall be discontinued and a new game played with the ...
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How to validate chess moves with a server? Winboard and Unity 2020.3

I'm looking for advice on how to implement online chess move validation using a winboard chess engine. I am creating a mobile battle chess game in Unity 2020.3. Right now I have the possible moves for ...
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Are there any tri dimensional chess rules utilising traditional starting positions?

I have a tri dimensional chess game for my phone which let's the player select different rule sets to play by. They all start with the king and queen on the attack boards which I find incredibly ...
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What happens if two pawns promote to queens and you need a third queen? [duplicate]

Chess sets used in tournaments provide the standard 16 pieces, plus an additional queen, so that if a pawn promotes to a queen, it is readily available to be used. What happens if more than one pawn ...
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Intuitive play vs learning strategies

When I first 'learned' chess, it was just the moves of each piece and then I started playing. I had no plan at all other than just moving pieces and trying to take from my opponent and protecting ...
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Insufficient material draw on lichess.org

[FEN "8/8/1k5K/8/1p1N4/8/p7/8 w - - 0 1"] I had KPP material and my opponent had KN. My time ran out and I lost the game. Shouldn't this have been a draw?
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Is blocking a check with a check an illegal move?

Say my opponent puts me in check. If I move my queen to block the check and it also puts my opponent in check, is that legal?
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How did I get a checkmate in this game?

This is a position from an endgame I played that I do not understand. How did I get a checkmate in this game? Is this a glitch? I ask this because I am pretty sure that Black's queen could take my ...
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Is acceptable to consult with your team during a match break?

The context I am not into chess, but The Queen’s Gambit revealed its interesting world, and something got stuck into my mind. As shown by this article the movie had to make compromises, especially ...
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Is there a rarely known rule about Pawns eating indirectly? [duplicate]

The game analysis tool of chess.com tells me I should have done a move which looks impossible to me. Obviously my move, e1, was very stupid. But what the game tells me seems impossible. Is it a bug? ...
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Does a draw on the board need to be declared before the time flag is reached?

I was participating in a FIDE-rated blitz tournament a while back (15+0, if it matters for the rules), and had finished my match, and was watching another board. White had about 10 seconds remaining ...
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Time out question in a drawish endgame

With some extremely rare exceptions, KNN vs KR endgame should be a draw. However, I am wondering what if this endgame happens in a game with no increments. I think the following will happen at chess....

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