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Questions tagged [rules]

Questions relating to the rules of chess

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why is the definition of check not circular

If you want to determine whether a player is in check I think you would: 1.1) determine every legal move of the opposition; 1.2.) determine whether such a move threatens our king (i.e. could 'take' ...
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When en-passant is the only legal move

Consider the following position: 8/7p/5K1k/8/7p/7P/5PP1/8 w - - 0 1 1. g4 hxg3 White plays g2-g4. The only legal move is hxg3. I heard someone say that since the en passant capture is optional, ...
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A piece was knocked down during a blitz game

I was playing a blitz game which was not part of a tournament or something but there was some bets, which were not significant at all, just to add some more spice to the game. However at some point I ...
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When is the right time to offer a draw according to the FIDE OTB rules

Is there any FIDE rule to say when is the right time to offer a draw? To be more clear, shall I offer a draw when my clock is going or I should offer if my opponent's clock is running? In this ...
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Drawing rules for time loss

Let's say we have a few situations. White has all their pieces (hypothetically) and black has only: N+K B+K N+N+K If white were to run out of time, would each of these situations be a draw due to ...
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Timer expired suggestions

I am developing a computer based game. I am aware some of different official timer expiration rules. But I want to make the following simple rule when the timer expired. After player one has made a ...
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How to deal with people getting help on board

We all had this situation where our opponent have this fide master friend and just happen to stand next to him, whisper him things while pointing your chessboard. I've never had the guts to call it ...
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Mate vs timeout

I've read about the "mate prevail thing" here : Mate Prevails - Chess Rule but I couldn't get a clear view on one odd point. I get that the mate move prevail, but if you couldn't do it before the ...
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What would happen if I touch two different pieces with each hand at same time?

For example, I touch my king with the left hand and my queen with the right hand at the same time. Regarding the rules, I must move a touched piece, so what would happen in this case? Could I choose ...
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How to castle 2 times in a game

Simple question. I'm white : how can I castle twice ? I've asked myself the question after seing this : http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/records/records.htm Greatest number of castlings
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Castling rule clarification

A quote from Wikipedia for castling rule: the squares between the king and the rook involved are unoccupied What if the squares are not occupied at this instance but an opponent piece was there ...
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What happens if a player mistakenly thinks they have been checkmated?

A quote from Wikipedia: The objective is to 'checkmate' the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. Suppose two players (A and B) play the game using the old ...
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Extra time, how much? - Pull the clock of an opponent

Today at the local tournament I noticed this. It was my turn - my opponents clock was running. It turned out to be this way. My opponent had pulled the time control of his neighbor, accidently. We ...
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Can you capture a pawn en passant with a king?

Friend right now is trying to en passant me with a king. I'm saying that its not legal. He won't believe me. He is saying that any opposing piece can capture the en passant pawn.
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The 50 Move Rule

Can the fifty move counter be increased after white's move? I thought that it could only be increased if both white and then black had not moved a pawn nor captured a piece that qualified for a whole ...
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Confusion about Touch and move rule

I accidentally touched my bishop and opponent's "Knight", while reaching for my queen during a game, almost simultaneously. Am I forced to take the opponent's piece?
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What are the possible results of a game?

What is the range of possible results of a chess game? I am asking this question, because I am developing an XML schema for recording chess games; sort of like an XML version of PGN, and I need a way ...
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Why by tournament instead of by game?

When you go to a chess tournament, why is your rating calculated by your tournament performance instead of how most internet chess servers do it? Why don't they adjust the rating by game? What is the ...
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Both flags fallen: Draw?

Suppose both players have 0 seconds left on the clock, but the clock indicates that the flag of player B has fallen first, which is claimed by Player A. Player A has enough material to mate his ...
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Can I promote to a queen twice?

I am confused about pawn promotion. If I promote two different pawns, can I promote them both to a queen?
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Draw, or discovered check

It's my move. All I have is a king. The opponent has a rook and a queen. I can't move without going into check. Is this a draw?
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Why does the game end at checkmate and not upon taking the king? [duplicate]

Ever since I was a kid this has felt kind of odd to me. Victory in chess is achieved by "cornering" the king, and not by taking him outright, like what you do to all the other pieces. I always ...
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Can I resign if my opponent only has his King?

Well, obviously if my opponent has only a King, I cannot lose...either a win or a draw. Suppose I also have a Queen(Forced win). However suppose I want to lose (maybe I am winning and want to grant ...
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must chess pieces be within a square?

In lightning chess must pieces be moved so they are completely within a square? If not then how much overlap is allowed? If my opponent breaks this rule do I stop the clock and call the DOP?
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Moving a piece out of the way for check

I was recently told you cant move a piece out of the way of a second piece to allow the second piece to put the other player in check. Example- I have my queen, my castle and their king in a row. I ...
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Where exactly in the Fide handbook can you find the hand shaking rule?

So I was wondering where is it located, in the fide handbook, the rule that you have to shake hands with your opponent. I know it exists, especially since the Cheparinov-Short case some time ago, I ...
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How can I play?

Can someone please just tell me how all of the pieces move? I always get the castles and the priests mixed up, but I know one of them makes an "L" or a backwards "L". Thank you for your underatanding.
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Clarification on changed rules of getting rating from FIDE

As of July 2014 FIDE states 7.14c The condition of a minimum of 5 games need not be met in one tournament. Results from other tournaments played within consecutive rating periods totalling not more ...
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What should an arbiter do if a player has illegally stopped notating?

Situation: a standard game, 1 hour 40 minutes for the game with 10 seconds increment per move. FIDE rules. White has two minutes left and has stopped writing down his moves, as he is allowed to ...
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why taking notes that encourage oneself is illegal in chess?

Ok, in round 9 in US chess championship 2015 Men, Wesley So (2794) was forfeited by the arbiter to lose over Akobian (2622) since So took notes that were not chess-related but contained "general ...
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King facing king on same line or column

Just returned to chess after 40 years (yes I know). I have a memory of being taught that the kings could not face each other on the same line or column. Chess Titans computer game doesn't seem to ...
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According to official FIDE rules, when queening a pawn, can you pause the clock?

I have heard that you are allowed to pause to clock to find your queen. Is this true?
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Adjusting in ones turn only

There is this touch-move rule which doesnt apply when the player says "Adjust" . Wikipedia says : To adjust the position of a piece on its square without being required to move it. A player ...
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Pawn Promotion to Queen

I have my rook on the 8th rank. My pawn is directly behind it. I want to move diagonal with my pawn to promote it to a queen. Can I move diagonal to reach the 8th rank and promote my pawn?
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Is capturing a piece while castling legal?

Is it possible for white to do a queen-side castle in this situation and capture black's bishop? Assuming both rook and king haven't moved, of course. The rook would be capturing the bishop in this ...
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Proof of irreversibility of 50 move rule

I recently edited the Wikipedia article 50 Move Rule as follows: The rationale for this rule is that pawn moves and captures are the only '''irreversible''' types of moves. That is, after ...
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Mac computer chess

I`m a novice of chess, but have been enjoying playing the program that came on my mac book pro. It seems to me that there have been some moves the computer will not allow me to make. For instance, mac ...
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pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces?

I participated in a club and went to training, the guy against me is right handed, so he placed the clock on the right. I'm left handed, so I play with the left hand and press the clock with the ...
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Can the King be put in Check by a piece that cannot move? [duplicate]

I am playing a game at the moment and I want to know if the King can take a piece that is being protected by another piece... that cannot move. Why can't the other, protecting, piece move? Because ...
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Theoretically, is the analysis of the moves more complex if the objective is to be the first to be checkmated?

I have seen variations of other board games or strategy games where the aim is to actually 'lose' the game by forcing your opponents to make moves. Applying this concept to the rules of chess, would ...
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Rules for ending a chess game

I have seen many games that do not end by checkmate but still say 0-1 or 1-0. The following picture also shows that the game did not end but White won. Can anyone please explain this.
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Queen with Knight capabilities

I find it interesting that the Queen can move with the same capabilities as the Rook and the Bishop, but cannot 'jump' or move like the Knight, I understand that this would overpower the queen but ...
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Could black have taken the queen here?

Could black have taken the queen here? Note the bishop and the knight [FEN "r5k1/1b3Qpp/5b2/p1p1N3/2P2P1P/8/P1N5/K4Rn1 w - - 0 1"] [Title "Can black take the queen?"]
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Can my King take? [duplicate]

ok so here is the issue I'm having... I am playing a correspondence game online and I came across a situation where I pinned my opponents rook against his King and in between his rook and my king is ...
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Moving king into check

Can a player move their king into check if the opponents piece that is able to take king, is putting opponents king in check?
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Is this a checkmate for White?

[FEN "8/3RkQ2/3B4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Is there a way out for Black? My son and I finished this way (only the relevant parts of the position are shown in the diagram), but reading about stalemates ...
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How should an arbiter handle copying moves from another game?

In 2004 the British illusionist, Derren Brown, despite being a very poor chess player scored +4 -3 =2 against 9 strong chess players including scoring 2/4 against 4 grandmasters in a simul. Of course ...
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Pawn promotion movement

If a pawn is promoted does that count as a move. What if a rook is waiting and could capture the new queen in one move??? What exactly happens when a pawn is promoted?
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Chess rule clarification [duplicate]

As my English chess vocabulary is very poor, I might pass near the solution but didn't see it... So here's my question : Can the white King go to d5 or f5 since the black Knight can't move ?
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Is the 50-move rule ever used in Grandmaster games?

The 50-move rule states that if no capture or pawn move occurs for 50 consecutive moves, either player may claim a draw. It seems like the 50-move rule is never truly necessary to determine that a ...