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How many illegal moves are allowed in Classical, Rapid & Blitz?

As of Jan-2024, I see that 2 illegal moves are allowed in chess and the 3rd one results in a lose of the game by the one who made those. FIDE 7.4b After the action taken under Article 7.4.a, for the ...
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Why is taking notes that encourage oneself illegal in chess?

In Round 9 in the US Chess Championship 2015 Men, Wesley So (2794) was forfeited by the arbiter in his game against Akobian (2622) since So took notes that were not chess-related but contained "...
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How isn't a time management extension cheating / unethical?

An extension was released 3 years ago in 2021Feb: Hikaru and GothamChess Tell You to MOVE (Time Management Extension). After a certain amount of elapsed time, you get notified by a voice of Hikaru ...
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In superGM tournaments are time management extensions forbidden?

An extension was released in 2021Feb: Hikaru and GothamChess Tell You to MOVE (Time Management Extension). After a certain amount of elapsed time, you get notified by a voice of Hikaru Nakamura or ...
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Ethics of scratch boards in puzzles

Re these questions: would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games? Ethics of scratch boards in live games There is a built-in feature of a 'scratch board' in ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

I have often wondered, how would it be if the rules were different and you could calculate on a "non-blindfold" board during slow games. For example, you could picture each player in the ...
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When is it possible to carry out the "En Passant" manoeuvre?

This manoeuvre is a form of pawn capturing technique. When a player’s pawn jumps two spaces on a first move, that piece can then be taken from the side as the opposing pawn moves into the moving pawn’...
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Is it possible to capture a queen directly in front of the king? [duplicate]

Can the king capture a queen directly in front of him when he is in check ?
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Do endgame tablebases only handle legal positions?

The title is my question for now. I also wonder if similar legality concerns may reduce the number of input FENs as checkmates used as input to the retrograde proofing or construction process. In ...
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How often can the initial position be repeated under FIDE tournament rules?

Recently a game was played where two GMs swapped kingside and queenside knights and then agreed a draw (and got their just dessert): How often can the starting position be repeated in a game without ...
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Consequences of Missing a Single Game in a Rated Chess Tournament

I am participating in a rated chess tournament that spans multiple rounds, and I have a specific query regarding attendance. Suppose I have played the first 9 rounds of the tournament, but due to ...
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Can Winning a Game in a First Rated Tournament Result in a Lower Rating than Not Playing?

I'm curious about a specific scenario in chess rating systems, particularly for a player attending their first rated tournament. Is it possible that for an unrated player, winning a game in their ...
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Handling Illegal Moves by Both Players in a Blitz Game: Rules and Arbiter's Role

In a recent blitz chess game, a situation left me uncertain about the official rules and how they are enforced. Both players, including myself, made illegal moves, but these were not immediately ...
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Can one make a deal with their opponent over what opening to play?

In official tournaments, are the two players allowed to talk (before or at the start) of a match to compromise on openings, eg. If white is good at the Sicilian but bad at the Caro-Kann and black is ...
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Is the number of legal chess positions odd or even?

Is the number of legal chess positions odd or even? Two positions are not the same if they differ in castling rights (i.e. whether K or R have actually moved) or en passant capability (i.e. whether ...
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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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What are the Rules of Baroque chess?

I want to do an AI project implementing a Chess agent, so can anyone please let me know the Rules of Baroque chess?
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When has the FIDE rule against bringing the game into disrepute been invoked (if ever)?

In the current FIDE Laws of Chess article 11.1 says: 11.1 The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute. I have heard elderly arbiters fulminating about some ...
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What would cause FIDE to refuse to rate a tournament which had been correctly registered for rating?

According to this statement from FIDE today: Today, on December 18, the mini-matches featuring GM Alireza Firouzja (Elo 2750) began in Chartres, France - his hometown. This seven-game tournament pits ...
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What is the result if a player has insufficient material and the opponent plays two illegal moves?

Suppose player X has only a king. Their opponent has played two illegal moves during the game. Is it a draw or does X win?
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Does 'dead position' consider the 75 moves rule?

In 5.2.2 of the FIDE laws it says: The game is drawn when a position has arisen in which neither player can checkmate the opponent’s king with any series of legal moves. The game is said to end in a ‘...
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Can the game end in multiple ways at the same time?

We know that a game can't end in checkmate and draw by 50 move rule. The checkmate will take precedence. But just for fun let's ask: is it possible for a game to end in both draw by repetition & ...
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How early can you resign a game?

Imagine a situation where you are playing in a FIDE-rated tournament. You're at the board but for some reason you don't want to play anymore. Can you resign the game before it even starts, or can you ...
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Is wearing headphones during chess games against the rules in FIDE and Chess.com?

Recently Vladimir Kramnik accused Hikaru Nakamura of cheating in online chess. He Tweeted : "It is impossible to imagine a player to be allowed to wear headphones during a game of chess." Or ...
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Why is this a checkmate?

I'm new to chess and I'm confused about a puzzle I was practicing. As you can see my black queen has put the white king in check, but I'm confused how this is possible if a rook is right next to my ...
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What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling?

What happens if a player dies at the board? What is the ruling? I am interested in both FIDE and/or USCF rules. I seem to recall about 40 years ago, when reading my first copy of the USCF rule book, ...
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Are there any official rules which govern the announcement of pairings for a FIDE rated tournament?

Are there any specific rules for the pairing announcement, like they have to be announced "x" hours before the start of the next round? Or does it completely depend upon the tournament ...
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Does Fide/Elo rating fade over time?

Let's imagine I am a super genius, and I get a ELO ranking of 3000. And then suddenly I stop playing chess, what happens to my rating then over time? Does it slowly decrease by NOT playing? This is ...
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How would this position be scored if you ran out of time here?

Here is the position (black has just played Qf8, the only legal move after White's Re8+): [FEN "2nKRq1k/6pp/8/3n4/6b1/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] In this position white has a forced mate in one, in ...
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Is it legal, after touching a piece to move other pieces for the purpose of visualization

Imagine the following scenario: I am playing as white and on my first move I: Touch my b1 knight without moving it or pressing the clock Move one of my opponents pieces Move one of my pieces (...
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Promote a piece to queen by moving back aside of king?

As I was trying out different chess applications I received a hint from the Lucas Chess virtual tutor, showing me I had a better option: Move piece C2 to C1. When I did that, the piece promoted to ...
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"Premove" in OTB game

Lately, a player of mine caused a minor kerfuffle by his habit of touching a piece to counter blitz even when the opponent had not finished the move. Interestingly, I found nothing in the rules (...
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Official knight move rule definition

Not a trivial question: How would you define the knight move rule on a d-dimensional chessboard (say an 8 X 8 X ... X 8 board) by extending the official knight move rule that states how a knight moves ...
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My FIDE Initial Rating Calculation Problem

I’m working on path to get my initial FIDE rating. I joined 8 local FIDE rated tournaments with result as follow. Rating = Result Rapid Ratings November 2022 1083 = 0 Rapid Ratings March 2023 1142 =...
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How do arbiters handle touch move complains where players deny?

So, two cases. Player A (A) and Player B (B) Case 1 B touches a piece. A sees it. B plays something else. A complains to arbiter that B didn't play the touched piece. Arbiter didn't see that B ...
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Question on FIDE Rating List Submission

I am playing in a tournament on the 19th-20th of this month and I have a question regarding FIDE rating change for the end of the month when the new list is published. I have done very well in some ...
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Does taking tranquilizers count as cheating in chess?

In the second episode of The Queen's Gambit, from Wikipedia's summary: After her overdose, Beth is forbidden to play chess. Time passes and Beth is adopted as a teenager by suburban couple Alma and ...
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What are FIDE really hoping to achieve by the proposed rating changes from January 2024?

FIDE have published a new article: FIDE seeks public discussion about proposed rating changes. They say: In the past decade, certain innovations have caused rating deflation, a concern that has been ...
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What are the rules of Quantum Chess?

The game Quantum Chess, as seen in the video where Paul Rudd defeats Hawking, has no "set of rules" written down. You either have to do the in-game tutorial, watch a video on the game and pick them up....
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Can Rook pawn still get win when opponent clock run out?

White has Rook pawn and King vs Black king just jumping from corner and back. But the game played on clock and black king clock run out. White avoided threefold and stalemate and moved his king to ...
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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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Who has the edge in "gg chess"?

EDIT: I think a better name is gg chess, because "gg" (good game) is what folks frequently say at the end of a game. At major chess events, at the end of a drawn game, the players & ...
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Is it ethical to take a draw in a winning position, if a draw is good enough?

Follow-up question to Is it ethical to take a zero-moves draw in the last round of a tournament if one is already assured of first place? I'm concentrating on this particular scenario from that ...
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Are there any rules for transgender players in chess?

Wikipedia's article on transgender people in sports indicates there's considerable controversy about male-to-female players competing in women's competitions. The controversy is over physical prowess ...
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Minimum break between rounds

I am an assistant arbiter in an open tournament which is happening over the weekend, with 1 round on Friday, and 2 rounds on Saturday and Sunday. There were 5.5 hours between the two rounds on ...
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FIDE and USCF: If an arbiter is watching a chess game and observes that a rule has been violated, should the arbiter intervene?

FIDE and USCF: If an arbiter is watching a chess game and observes that a rule has been violated, should the arbiter intervene? Or should the arbiter intervene only if a player complains? Some people ...
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How to calculate USCF's Modified Median (with or without byes)?

The calculation is described in the "USCF Chess Rule Book", chapter 34E1, 34E1. Modified Median The Median system, also known as the Harkness system for inventor Kenneth Harkness, evaluates ...
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FIDE and USCF: What do the rules say when a player insults an arbiter?

FIDE and USCF: What do the rules say when a player insults an arbiter? This is an uncommon situation. In general, chess players are very polite people. 30 years ago, I was in training with Paul Klein, ...
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Time Trouble, Arbiter Trouble

Yesterday. Our club's summer tournament. One specialist A is in time trouble as always (to his defense, 90+30+no bonus) and no longer writes. The other specialist B still has 10 minutes and writes ...
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USCF rule for wrongly agreeing to stalemate? [duplicate]

In a USCF tournament game, after I moved and hit my clock, my opponent said "Is that stalemate?", reaching out his hand to shake on the result. I said "I think so," and shook his ...

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