Take the 2-minute tour ×
Board & Card Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I was playing white and I had one pawn at a7 and the other at a6. My opponent didn't let me promote the pawn to a Queen stating that when two pawns are in the same column then the pawn doesn't get promoted.

Is this correct? If so, then what happens to a pawn which reaches a8? Does that become useless?

enter image description here

share|improve this question
I've never heard if that rule, and looking at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promotion_%28chess%29 it doesn't seem to be listed... –  Nick Jan 17 at 10:24
btw: if you had a pawn on a7 and a pawn on a6 they're on the same file (or column) not the same row –  crownjewel82 Jan 17 at 15:47

1 Answer 1

Your friend was wrong. There is no rule preventing a pawn from being promoted outside the normal move restriction rules (e.g. you can't leave your king in check).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.