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Questions tagged [rules]

Questions relating to the rules of chess

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Parsing PGN files - when can a move be shortened?

I'm writing a PGN file parser, and need to know in which situations you don't need to write the rank/file of a piece that makes the move. I can think of the following: only one piece can conduct the ...
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Do the official rules of chess forbid promoting a pawn to a piece of the opposite color?

Not that it would be everyone's first choice, but it is possible to concoct positions where having an extra piece block your opponent's moves and thus gives you an advantage (think blocking an escape ...
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Bronstein timing vs. Simple Delay, Is there a formal definition of Bronstein Timing that specifies whether the increment should be added initially?

There seems to be some controversy on whether there is really any practical difference between Bronstein timing and Simple Delay timing. By "Bronstein" and "Simple Delay" I'm referring to the timing ...
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What are the different rules for claiming a draw?

According to the current FIDE rules of chess: The game is drawn upon a correct claim by the player having the move, when the same position, for at least the third time (not necessarily by a ...
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Can the king capture his attacker?

Can the king get out of check by capturing his attacker? For example, if the queen comes right in front of the king, can the king capture the queen, or must another piece capture the queen?
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Is takeback allowed in real chess?

Is takeback allowed in real chess? All chess engines allow take backs, but that's not important, it's just a computer, we make mistakes and correct them. My question is about real chess, is it ...
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Rules on castling, what is allowed [duplicate]

I have learned about a move called castling, where you move the castle and the king to switch. Can anybody explain the rules? Thanks.
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Is it possible to capture en passant twice with the same pawn?

I am still confused about the en passant rule. There are two possibilities that I am not clear about. [FEN ""] 1. d4 d6 2. d5 c5 3. dxc6 b5 ( 3. c4 e5 4. dxe6) Scenario 1 :: The main line above Is ...
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What is the correct placement for the King and Queen on the chessboard?

What are the correct placements for the King and Queen set up on the board? I've heard things like, "white on the right and queen on her own colour" and "kings must not be facing each other." I'm sure ...
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Cancel match chess online

If I played chess online, there is an option to cancel the match. Does official chess game allow it or what rules define it?
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Touching chess pieces in official matches

Is it a rule in official matches, that if I touch a piece I must play with that one? Sorry for my noobness; my friend said that I should move with the touched piece.
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The history of the 175-move draw rule

The U.S. Chess Federation piloted a 175-move draw rule in the fourth edition of its Official Rules. This interesting rule ended a game automatically after 175 moves, whether or not either player had ...
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Allow piece removal

I'm wondering about a chess variant I thought of: it's just like chess except that a player may, in lieu of (or as) a move, remove any of his own pieces (except the King) from the board. (This is ...
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Is it possible to castle while checkmate?

I am new to chess gaming; please answer this for me: Is it possible to castle while checkmate? Thanks in advance.
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Why is it illegal to move into check?

In chess, it is against the rules to move into check, or to not move out of check. But why? Obviously, if you went against this rule, you'd immediately lose. But it seems strange to make it illegal to ...
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Can a piece pinned to my king put the opponent's king in check?

I was playing a game with a friend online. A situation came up where he put me in check with his bishop, and I moved my rook to block it. His king was on the g file and my rook was on g2. The website ...
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Why do they keep the scoresheet in classic chess?

In the beginning I thought that players were keeping scoresheets for themselves, just in case of disagreement for claiming stuff like threefold repetition or fifty-move rule or even just knowing the ...
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What are the time rules in Candidate Tournament?

So I'm following the London Candidate Tournament and I'm a bit confused regarding the time and why some games are getting an extensions and some are not and you are eventually losing because of time. ...
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Why are the golden rules in chess openings true?

I was reading this Dutch article on chess openings, which basically states the following about openings: Don't play the edge pawns Don't move your knight to an edge Don't use one piece too often Don'...
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Best pseudo-chess game for kids to learn the basic?

My kids are 5 and 3 years old. I would like to teach them chess by playing alternative mini-game. Where can I find those mini-game instruction?
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Can doping increase/decrease a player's level of play?

The reason I ask this is because according to this article, Magnus Carlsen is going to participate in FIDE's pilot project on doping test. FIDE says the reason behind it is that the organization ...
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Bizarre pin rule: pinned pieces do not attack

I found this guy who likes playing chess, but not enough to bother reading the rules; he only plays using a physical board with his sister (she doesn't know the rules either). The made up rule was ...
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Is it permitted to stare at a blank chessboard during a tournament game?

Long-winded Motivation I have recently noticed during my own tournament games that I am not infrequently closing my eyes, or at least looking away from the board, when engaged in in-depth calculation ...
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Are the board positions of the 4 players of each country determined by Elo rating in chess olympiads?

Are the board positions of the 4 players of each country determined by Elo rating in chess olympiads? Or is this something arbitrarily decided by the countries? By board positions I mean, 1st seed/...
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Why can't I place the rook in front of the queen?

I was playing chess this afternoon on my mac, as human vs computer. In the position below: [FEN "6k1/5pp1/2p3bp/pqP1P3/2R3P1/PPQ5/4K3/8 w - - 0 24"] I tried to place the Rook in front of Black's ...
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Is it possible to checkmate with knight and king against king?

I would like to clarify two things: Is it possible to checkmate with only a knight and a king against a lone king? What will happen when one side has a king and knight and the other has just a king, ...
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Should you let your opponent know if they have forgotten to press their clock?

I'm in two minds here. The good sportsman says you should always let your opponent know (maybe limited to once per game). The more hard-nosed part of me says that managing the clock is part of the ...
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Why can't a dropped pawn deliver checkmate in Shogi?

In discussion surrounding another recent question, the fact came up that a "dropped" pawn in Shogi isn't allowed to deliver immediate checkmate, whereas any other type of piece can be dropped to ...
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Can a pawn put a king in check?

I am only an amateur player, but have been playing for many years. Every now and then I come across people who are adamant that a pawn cannot put a king into check. The last person who I discussed ...
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How quickly must a move be completed?

I was playing in a tournament once, during a sequence of captures, my opponent could recapture my Knight about 4 different ways. He just removed it and carried on thinking. What should I have done?
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Rules: en passant and draw by triple repetition

A question of rulebook pedantry: One can claim a draw when the same position occurs the third time, the same player having the move. Two positions are not the same if the earlier allows a capture en ...
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Enthusiastic about learning to play chess [closed]

Is there a quick way to learn to play chess? How did you get started playing chess?
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Is it a draw by insufficient material if the board is K vs K, N & N?

It isn't possible to force checkmate with King vs. King, Knight & Knight. A checkmate position, however, is still possible to achieve, so does that mean the 50 move rule applies, or does ...
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How did castling originate?

Castling to me has alwayes seemed like such a huge leap in terms of game play that I've always wondered how it came to be. Does anyone know the history behind how and why castling came to be?
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What are any USCF tournament rule changes since 1990?

I have not played competitive chess since 1990 and I plan to start playing tournaments again. Are there any rule changes I need to know about?
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Is taking the opponent's king an illegal move?

In competition blitz games, making an illegal move and then pressing the clock forfeits the game if the opponent claims the illegal move as long as he does not make a new move, as a new move would ...
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What are the rules of blindfold chess?

Forcing players to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces by using blindfolds seems interesting, but I've been unable to find any official rules for playing blindfold chess. What are ...
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Delay clock with delay not set

Over the past few years of tournament play, I've seen three games where the delay was not enabled on a digital clock. In all of these cases, the clock was a Chronos set to display HH:MM until the ...
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I made an illegal move. What happens?

Especially in blitz or bullet games, it is possible that a player makes an illegal move, for example castles through check. If the opponent does notice the illegal move, then as far as I know the ...
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When and why was the notation changed from descriptive to algebraic?

When I was young I used to play chess with the the old form of notation KB (King Bishop square number), even books used to have the same notation, then later found that everyone was using algebraic, ...
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When is castling possible?

Is castling possible if any of the squares involved in the castling are under attack, or is this a problem only if the squares moved through by the king are under attack and not the ones moved through ...
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With only the King left, how can you get a draw?

Let's say I have only the King left. I've read several rules and posts of people saying there is a limit to the number of moves your opponent has to check mate you in, but there are some ...