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Questions tagged [rules]

Questions relating to the rules of chess

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Does an out of turn draw offer constitute an actionable distraction / time penalty?

I was playing in a sudden death time control last night with less than 5 seconds left and while thinking about my moves with literally 2 or 3 seconds remaining, my opponent blurted out a draw offer. ...
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What happens if you move your king on stalemate?

Let's say the following happens during a blitz match: White makes a move, resulting in stalemate Black doesn't notice the stalemate and moves the king into an illegal position. Usually illegal moves ...
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Formal rules for two-player bughouse without a clock

I would like to know what are the formal rules for two-player bughouse without a clock. I'd like to think of each team as a single player. It seems to me that bughouse chess works primarily because ...
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When did the light-on-the-right convention ascend to dominance?

I came upon the following wonderful painting by Sofonisba Anguissola, ‘The first great woman artist of the renaissance,’ of her sisters playing chess (painted 1555). The painting is truly sublime. ...
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Algebraic notation avoiding ambiguity rank or file preference [duplicate]

In the following example (and similar situations you can make up), both queens can capture the knight. If for instance the queen on f5 takes the knight, this could be written as: Qfxd3 or as Q5xd3. Is ...
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What is the idea behind the touch move rule?

Where did this rule originate? Why does it exist? I just recently learned about it, and in my casual coffeeshop chess games, it has never been mentioned or enforced.
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Can I capture my own piece?

This may seem like a very amateur question, but I was playing chess with my dad, and when my dad won, I realized that I could've captured my own pawn in order to evade checkmate. I tried to do this ...
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Writting of a tournament game

Why is it compulsory to write a game in classic chess tournaments? If the purpose is the validity of the moves, then why not in quick games?
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Swiss pairing parameters

I realize that there are various types of Swiss pairing systems. What would be a minimum set of parameters that needs to be specified in order to avoid ambiguity in pairings? I am thinking of ...
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Intervening with swiss pairing

In connection with the Hou Yifan incident in Gibraltar I read that when doing the pairings they avoided matches between players from Iran and Israel (for whatever reason...). How is this technically ...
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Instead of giving checkmate, I gave stalemate. Why?

I am a beginner, and I have just discovered this annoying stalemate. I got the definition but while playing, I ended up with a stalemate and I don't know why, could you help me and explain it to me? ...
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Chess team tournament regulation query

I have a doubt ... wat if in a 5 member team during tournaments 3 of the team members fail to turn up , can no 4 and 5 promote themselves to board 1 and 2?
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Can there be two bishops on white tiles? If not can I get my queen killed and change my pawn to a queen and win the game

. . I don't know what to really do because I think you cannot have two bishops on white tiles when the bishop is the only one dead
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Elo loss for resign vs checkmate

Is there a difference in the amount of ELO a player loses from resigning versus being checkmated? If so - What is the difference in the calculation?
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Monte Carlo Chess

I am trying to develop a Monte Carlo Chess game, to get rid of draw death in higher ranked matches, and give humans a chance against engines. I want it to still be a strategic game, just with ...
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Stretching the tournament rules re: capturing pieces

Building on this question about tournament etiquette: What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece? Suppose I want to capture a piece but am not sure which of my pieces ...
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How do I determine who has white or black?

I have used e.g. the game of paper, stone and scissors. Is there another method which determines who has white or black? If so, what is the method?
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Position of pieces in square

Is there a rule on how accurately pieces have to be positioned within a square? Can they touch he border for instance?
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How is this position a draw?

I played against a bot as a White and had this position. The computer claimed that it's a draw. [FEN "2Q/k/3QP/8/3K/8/8/1N - - - 0 1"] I thought it would be a checkmate because wherever the Black ...
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48 pieces on one board

I see this picture on the internet I am wondering if there is any way to play on this board. Does anyone know what the rules are for this type of chess? Thanks for help.
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Threefold repetition: Am I getting it right?

I was wondering if this is the right way of how the threefold repetition works. Thanks. (The image is in gif format, it should play automatically.)
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Pinned Vs. Checkmate

So say my queen is pinned in front of my king by the opponents rook. However if I move my queen to check their king it is certain checkmate, is that legal? I'm not sure because I'm intentionally ...
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Agreeing a draw after checkmate

In a club game this week, checkmate was reached legally on the board, however the players thought it was stalemate, shook hands and signed the scoresheet as a draw. The "winner" was a young junior, ...
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Old FIDE Title Regulations

I have seen on the FIDE website https://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=10&view=category that only the regulations governing the award of FIDE titles effective from 1st July 2014 are available. ...
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Tiebreaks in the Baku Chess Olympiad

How are tiebreaks calculated in the Baku Chess Olympiad? For example, the US team took gold over Ukraine having scored 413.5 on tiebreaks vs 404.5. My gut instinct was to guess the Sonneborn-Berger ...
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Board order in chess olympiads

What's stopping teams in chess olympiads from mixing up their board order to gain an advantage? All I could find was the rules (http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/chess_olympiad_regulations.pdf) that ...
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Promotion transition

What is the point at which promotion occurs? Does the pawn as it enters the 8th rank become a promoted piece as it enters or does it have to occupy as a pawn then be promoted? If promotion occurs as ...
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Promoting a pawn

When a pawn reaches the opposing side it can be promoted. Given that the most advantageous choice of promotion is to a Queen I have 3 questions. Does this mean that the newly promoted piece (e.g. ...
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Do you get an extra turn when you promote your pawn?

If you promote a pawn do you get a second move to move it out of danger? Or do you still only get the promotion as your move and it becomes the opponents move?
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Valid claim for a draw in a blitz game?

Following situation occurred in my last tournament: It was a 5 min blitz game without time increment. My opponent didn't have any material left. I touched my rook and wanted to place it on the ...
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Was this considered a stalemate?

I'm new at chess and still learning the rules. The other day I was playing a friend of mine, and it got to the point where I had only my king and queen and he had only his king and bishop. I forgot ...
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Touch a piece and then claim opponent's previous move was illegal

In a last round tie between 2 players fighting for top seed in a competition, here is what happened. White had 18 seconds on his clock and black had 26 seconds. Black was winning. At move 56, black ...
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Why does a touched piece not have to move in online play?

There is a rule of playing the game of chess that a touched piece of one's own should be the one to move. I have always been taught by professional trainers from early childhood that this is the ...
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What are the rules for pawn wars?

I ask about the exact rules for the chess variant known as pawn wars. The starting position contains only pawns which move exactly like in chess and the first to promote wins. [FEN "8/pppppppp/8/8/8/...
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En Passant - Usage after one or more move(s)

I was playing chess on an app against a computer, and I could make an en passant after a move from me and the computer. [FEN ""] 1.e4 h5 2.e5 f5 3.a4 a5 4.exf6 exf5 {Ignore the weird Bishop ...
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Why is this a threefold repetition draw?

I'm relatively new, so sorry if this is obvious. Recently played a game on my phone chess app where the option popped up that I could claim a threefold repetition draw. I hadn't known about this rule. ...
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Initial position with board “reflected”

The rule says that the a1 (and consequently the h8) square must be black, in other words, the leftmost square of the first row of each player must be black. With this the kings stay at the right side ...
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It is possible to mate enemy king if this would put your king in check? [duplicate]

When thinking about if you can do some move, you look if your king will be attacked. This would lead to a recursion, but actually dont, since you it doenst matter if this enemy piece would be able to ...
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No writing down moves in advance of making, or in advance of completing

Per FIDE rules, I must not write down moves "in advance". Does this mean: in advance of making, or in advance of completing? Today I have seen a strange ruling as a spectator. A young player made a ...
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Pawn promotion to queen of the other color

A Black pawn reached the end of board and Black himself picked it up and placed a White queen on the board. He removed his hand from the piece. I am not concerned with 'the spirit of the game' but ...
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Is it true that at any time only one piece can put king in check

I am writing a simple chess game in which I have to determine the end game conditions. My algorithm requires the piece that is putting the opponent king in check, and checks the following: King ...
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Is it illegal to write clock time in the score sheet during tournaments?

I have the habit of noting the clock time near my moves in tournament. I've been doing this for years now, but today a friend told me it is illegal according to FIDE. I wonder what is the regulation ...
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Can a player play on more than one team in the USATE?

Can a Chess Player play on more than one team either as a regular player or as an "alternate" in the USATE 2016?
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Castling, is it necessary to take it?

I've got a simple question, that I'm having difficulty finding an answer for... If it is possible to do castling (I know the conditions for it), and I decide to move the king to the tile where it ...
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Automatic draw rules

In developing a computer chess program, would it be reasonable to automatically declare a draw match for these two scenarios: A. Player 1 has a king and a knight, player 2 has only a king left. B. ...
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Discovered check when winning [duplicate]

Is it ok to put your own king in discovered check as you take the other king? (Does the taking of the other king even count as a move, or is the checkmate the last move?) Edit: When thinking about it,...
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Outcome of a game in case of an illegal checkmate

Suppose that, in an amateur rapid play tournament (where supervision is inappropriate), the following position appears: [fen "5K2/8/1q6/1N1k4/8/8/8/2R1R3 w - - 1 1"] 1. Re5+? Qc5+? {illegal} 2. Rxc5#...
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Question on promoting pawns to queens

If you have two queens (original and one promoted) on board and the original queen is captured....can you promote your next pawn at the eight rank to queen again?
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Is Pawn Promotion obligatory?

Acc. to Wikipedia, When a pawn advances to the eighth rank, as a part of the move it is promoted..." This doesn'clear whether I am obliged to make this move if I am at eighth rank or it's over me?
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How often can I castle? [duplicate]

I am learning to play chess on my computer. I have learned approximately all the rules but one rule stays vague for me thus far. My questions are clear, though. I am putting them separated below ...