Questions tagged [chess]

Chess is one of the most popular two-player strategy games. It has survived centuries of strategical analysis and continues to thrive amongst players of all skills and ages.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-1
votes
2answers
49 views

Checkers variants played with a Queens & King [closed]

There are so many variants to Checkers. Is there currently a game old or new that plays like checkers, (grid)but has a Queen & King variant. Checkers with just a King component seems predictable?
3
votes
1answer
105 views

A knight's movement

In chess, the knight moves in an 'L' shape. I have not found any additional name for this. Does this movement have a name other than 'L' shaped?
1
vote
4answers
155 views

Is Chess with more than three players exists or would be playable? [closed]

Chess board as a function of the number of players: 2 players - 8x8 square board 3 players - a special hexagonal board 4+ players - theoretically a (players * 2) gonal board. First Question: Does ...
1
vote
2answers
283 views

Card Chess with Playing Cards?

What is the name of the card game where you have two players and a "board" of cards 4 cards by 13 cards. The cards are face down. Each player takes a turn by either flipping a card (first card flip ...
0
votes
5answers
324 views

Is it possible to bluff in board games like chess generally?

Let's think of games like chess or go, where everyone can see everything, but also games like uno where it's hard to predict what color or value the person has with one card. Can you bluff here? ...
-1
votes
1answer
63 views

What are the rules for playing Four way Chess [closed]

I know that this is a broad question but I have no clue how this game works but it seems like a ton of fun so any help is appreciated.
4
votes
1answer
245 views

Crazyhouse Chess: is it possible to get all eighteen queens?

Over here it was previously discussed whether one can end up with all nine queens. There is a variant of chess called Crazyhouse in which captured pieces may be reintroduced as the capturer's. In ...
0
votes
1answer
104 views

Pawn Promotion Limit? [duplicate]

We bought a chess set in which the rules state that pawn promotion occurs when the pawn moves to the light square in the upper left corner of the opponent's first row. So, this cannot occur when the ...
13
votes
4answers
19k views

What are the standard time settings in chess

What are some of the most popular time limits for chess games? I'm looking for those used today as well as historically.
5
votes
1answer
126 views

Which player is responsible for completing a pawn promotion in tournament-level chess?

Given that players want to conserve their clock time, which player is responsible for placing a pawn-promoted piece on the board, is it the pawn-promoter or the opponent? Related: is there a rule ...
16
votes
5answers
5k views

Can other pieces capture a threatening piece and prevent a checkmate?

Total beginner here. I have a board setup that an app I'm using to learn described as a "checkmate" -- see below (the white pawn just moved below the rook and is threatening the king): If I were ...
12
votes
2answers
891 views

Is it possible to position all chess pieces on the board such that all pieces defend at least one piece and attack at least one piece?

Is it possible to position all chess pieces on the board such that all pieces defend at least one piece and attack at least one piece?
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Can a pawn move to the last line in chess as part of a promotion even if the square is blocked by an opponent's piece?

My reason for asking is I believe the promotion to be instant: As the pawn's toe crosses the line into the square, it transforms into the promotion piece's toe... Meaning that even though the route ...
-2
votes
1answer
124 views

Chess. What is it called when a pawn takes a pawn by being passed [duplicate]

What is it called when a pawn takes a pawn by being passed by another pawn?
9
votes
4answers
1k views

Dominant strategy in chess

Is there any proof ensuring there can be no dominant strategy for chess? By dominant strategy, I mean a way of playing that always works regardless what the opponent do.
5
votes
6answers
3k views

Go, MahJong, and Chess. Together?

Do you think these games have enough in common to start a serious, competitive club focusing around them? There's definitely enough between Go and Chess, but what about MahJong? I know there is plenty ...
14
votes
4answers
1k views

Methods for handicapping chess

My four-and-a-half year old son is learning chess. He's got the moves of the pieces down and understands how to checkmate with two rooks (or rook and queen). I've read some good suggestions in this ...
0
votes
1answer
119 views

How can I use chess piece value to balance my homemade TCG?

I want to make use of the chess piece value to make 2 decks equally strong and Powerful. I have read the full article on Wikipedia but it didn't helped at all. Can one of you suggest a way to use it ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

What is this game, played with chess board and pieces, but with totally different rules?

Multiple decades ago, I was introduced to a game as described in the title of this question. What I can remember of it is: The two rooks had different functions. They were distinguished by placing ...
6
votes
1answer
180 views

Which Reference Materials are Allowed During a Chess Match?

Do the rules of chess permit a player to refer to certain reference materials during a match? For example, it is clear that materials which would assist a player with strategy are not permitted. A ...
39
votes
3answers
8k views

Is pawn promotion to rook or bishop something that is seen in play?

Reading What is the proper Algebraic Notation for a pawn being promoted? made me wonder whether pawn promotion to rook or bishop ever happens. The only time I can think this might happen is when ...
42
votes
10answers
9k views

What techniques should I use to teach my 5-year old to play chess?

The other night while playing checkers with my 5 year old, he told me that he wanted to make up a game using the checkerboard which had different pieces that could do different things. I told him that ...
18
votes
4answers
31k views

Can a king capture an opposing queen?

A Beginner's Scenario: I castle kingside prior to ever being in check. Then, my son positions his queen and on a subsequent turn, takes out the middle pawn of three (see diagram below), thus exposing ...
13
votes
4answers
3k views

Did tactics training improve your chess significantly? [closed]

There are quite a few sites for training in chess tactics. For those having experience with using any of these, how did these affect your rating? Is there a strong correlation between e.g. http://...
25
votes
3answers
7k views

Was the blind chess match between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty in the movie Game of Shadows real/plausible?

I saw the movie and was wowed by two things: the blind chess match in which Holmes wins with the move Bishop-Bishop 8, discovered check; and the mental fist fight they have in their minds. It's such a ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I learn to play chess blindfold?

I'm an intermediate-level amateur chess player. How would I go about learning how to accurately play a complete game of chess, blindfolded? What skills are needed, and how are they practiced? In ...
2
votes
1answer
347 views

In chess, how many times can a piece be attacked at once?

Sometimes a chess player concentrates many attacks on a single enemy piece (including pawns). For example, on the diagram provided above the black pawn on d5 is attacked by ten white pieces. One of ...
1
vote
1answer
117 views

Chess with Sudoku limitations [closed]

The past few months I was working on a fun project which basically uses the traditional chess pieces and their move sets. On top of that I added Sudoku limitations to restrict movements. In order to ...
13
votes
2answers
2k views

Opening strategies in Chess 960 (Fisher Random Chess)

I had a go at Chess 960 the other day, but whereas I thought I might do better against the computer as it didn't have an opening book, in fact the opposite happened as it quickly found holes in my ...
2
votes
1answer
145 views

In chess, what is the name for the tactics when a piece makes an attack by itself but also opens line(s) of attack for a friendly piece(s)?

For example, let us look at the following chess diagram. It is white's turn. Until now, black queen and rook were safe, but white plays d6! White pawn makes an active attack on the black rook but also ...
10
votes
4answers
1k views

Using the King as an attacking piece

Are there examples of expert-level games where the King is used as an attacking piece early in the game? I.e. brought out into the center of the board behind the bishops, pawns and knights, to gain a ...
62
votes
12answers
21k views

Are Bishops more valuable than Knights?

Bishops and Knights are both traditionally considered to have a similar value, worth roughly three pawns each. However, I have heard arguments that under certain circumstances they are not so closely ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

In chess, may a player resign, offer a draw or claim a draw at any time, or not?

My question is mostly about pure rules and not about etiquette. I wonder if during a chess game I am allowed to resign, offer a draw or claim a draw at any time. But I want to ask about two specific ...
4
votes
1answer
217 views

In chess, if a player ran out of time, how to determine if his/her opponent has the 'possibility of checkmating'?

From English Wikipedia, article 'Rules of chess': If a player delivers a checkmate, the game is over and that player wins, no matter what is subsequently noticed about the time on the clock. ...
3
votes
2answers
478 views

Are there any chess sets with more than 32 pieces?

In every single chess set which I have purchased in my city (I'm from Moldova), there are exactly 32 pieces (16 white and 16 black). No more, no less. By pieces I mean kings, queens, rooks, bishops, ...
12
votes
6answers
3k views

Why are Elo ratings for go higher than for chess?

If we compare Elo(-like) ratings in chess and in go, we see that the highest ratings published for go (3621 for Ke Jie as of 2016-03-13 at goratings.org) are higher than those in chess (2851 for ...
16
votes
6answers
5k views

What's the name of the move where the player swaps King and Rook/Castle in Chess? Why is this move important?

I'm a chess beginner, and I was wondering: why was this movement introduced to chess, and why is it important to the game?
1
vote
2answers
138 views

Which are chess variants that are helpful in teaching chess? [closed]

Some chess variants are really helpful in teaching chess to beginners. Here is an example variant. This one is similar to knight chase. Both players have only a knight. White has a knight at a8 and ...
19
votes
3answers
51k views

Restrictions around promoting a pawn

I have tried to read the Wikipedia article but it is too confusing on what the current accepted standard is. My questions are: If a pawn makes it to the last row can they stay as a pawn? If a pawn ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Solid openings for Blitz Chess

Is there an accepted repertoire of openings that are solid in Blitz (3-5min per side) Chess? I guess the primary factors should be: reasonably solid simple structures minimal number of tactical traps ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

What is the name of the following chess opening? What are its pros and cons?

At some point, when I was young, I learned an opening that involves the following moves: possibly after moving queen's pawn to the centre (d4), move out king's knight to above the bishop (Nf3), move ...
5
votes
4answers
321 views

Is there a variant of chess such that in the starting position Bishops and Knights are switched?

White's back row would look like this: RBNQKNBR and Black's would undergo an equivalent change. Where can I learn more about this variant/play this variant with someone experienced?
0
votes
1answer
136 views

Table for both 2-person and multi-person games

Is there a type of table that can be arranged for both 2-person games, like chess and then re-arranged for a round-table game like Dungeons & Dragons? I have looked at trapezoidal tables. They do ...
-3
votes
1answer
401 views

What are some simple strategy games to play with a friend online? [closed]

I am looking for something we could play online and which is free. We had a lot of fun when we were just starting to play chess, and after a while it became a bit boring as there wasn't enough room ...
15
votes
3answers
5k views

Can a single player have all nine potential queens in one game?

I would like to know whether it is possible to, in a single game, convert all eight pawns of one colour into queens while retaining the original queen. Presume that we are both playing chess ...
30
votes
3answers
2k views

Is castling still done in the openings in modern chess?

I have read in a somewhat old book that castling was to be done as soon as possible, but some of my playing friends don't bother to do it in the opening. What's the modern usage?
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Can a pawn be promoted to queen if the player is missing a knight, bishop or rook?

My classmate says that you can't have another queen if one of your chess officials (knights, bishops and rooks) are captured and not yet replaced. Is this true?
11
votes
4answers
2k views

In chess, when is it appropriate to resign?

I know I should not resign after losing the exchange, or a piece, and probably not even if I lose a Rook. But how about if I lose a Queen for a Knight? Would it be expected of a player to keep ...
2
votes
3answers
474 views

Help with the rules of checkmate

I am playing white and it is my turn. I am currently in check. Can I capture the pawn in front of my king to escape the check, placing his king in checkmate? Or is it illegal and therefore I lose?
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Pawn movement in Chess?

My opponent moved his pawn to the 7th rank. It was blocked by my bishop. He captures the bishop and promotes the pawn to a queen. I was under the impression that a pawn captures diagonally and not in ...