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  1. 06 Jul '12 15:35
    Here are some of my favorites that I have heard. Add your own.

    1) A king can check another king.
    2) Pawns can capture diagonally 2 squares forward on their first move.
    3) A king can move into check if it is from a piece that is absolutely pinned.
    4) En Passant captures can't be legal so you must be cheating if you capture e.p.
    5) You can't castle if the rook you are castling with is under attack.
  2. 06 Jul '12 22:49
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    Here are some of my favorites that I have heard. Add your own.

    1) A king can check another king.
    2) Pawns can capture diagonally 2 squares forward on their first move.
    3) A king can move into check if it is from a piece that is absolutely pinned.
    4) En Passant captures can't be legal so you must be cheating if you capture e.p.
    5) You can't castle if the rook you are castling with is under attack.
    Isn't 5 true then?
  3. 06 Jul '12 23:09
    In a candidates match game played in Moscow between Korchnoi (white) and Karpov (black) in 1974, Korchnoi had forgotten if you could castle with your rook attacked.
    He asked the Match Arbiter if kingside castling was legal.
    When he was told he could, that's what he played.
  4. 06 Jul '12 23:15
    Originally posted by Dewi Jones
    Isn't 5 true then?
    no
  5. 07 Jul '12 09:35 / 1 edit
    I didn't know this either

    If you castle to the left (queenside), it also doesn't matter if the Rook moves through a square that is under attack. In this diagram, White can castle to the left or to the right

    http://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/ble14cas.htm

    http://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/images/ble148ca.gif
  6. 07 Jul '12 10:05
    It's pretty simple really.
    Except for the placement of the rook all castling rules apply to the king only
  7. 07 Jul '12 14:15
    On the ECF forum they wwere discussing this matter in February.

    One quote was:

    For example, one coach has taught his school that they can put their hand out at
    any time and say : "Checkmate" and if they [their opponent] shake it they win.

    Even when the position is not check. They should all do it when they are losing so
    they don't lose.

    (anybody tried this yet.)

    Also mentioned in the same thread.

    "A few years ago I was controlling a kiddie tournament.
    After 3 rounds a boy who had lost all his games came up to me:

    "It's not fair. My opponents are all cheating."

    "Really? What are they doing?"

    "Their knights are all jumping over other pieces. My chess teacher told me knights
    can't jump."
  8. 07 Jul '12 14:26
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    Here are some of my favorites that I have heard. Add your own.

    1) A king can check another king.
    2) Pawns can capture diagonally 2 squares forward on their first move.
    3) A king can move into check if it is from a piece that is absolutely pinned.
    4) En Passant captures can't be legal so you must be cheating if you capture e.p.
    5) You can't castle if the rook you are castling with is under attack.
    6) You have to repeat moves 3 times before it's a draw.

    Apparently this was a common rule in the Soviet Union at some point, and only after FIDE set them right did they begin playing by the official rule. (Which is, of course, that the position must be repeated thrice - which usually is just before the third repetition of moves, the position having been reached for the first time by another move).

    7) It's "unsporting" to insist on playing by the rules (specifically, three-move or stalemate) when you're losing.

    Sadly still a not uncommon idea on this site.

    Richard
  9. 07 Jul '12 19:44
    One other thing.

    When you play Red Hot Pawn blitz you are actually playing a chess variant in which you cannot capture a pawn en passant if the pawn is checking your king.

    This has happened to me several times.
  10. 07 Jul '12 20:00
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    Here are some of my favorites that I have heard. Add your own.

    1) A king can check another king.
    2) Pawns can capture diagonally 2 squares forward on their first move.
    3) A king can move into check if it is from a piece that is absolutely pinned.
    4) En Passant captures can't be legal so you must be cheating if you capture e.p.
    5) You can't castle if the rook you are castling with is under attack.
    You can't castle once your king has been in check

    You're allowed to take the king if your opponent doesn't move out of check (sometimes with the provision that you must have said "Check" for this to be allowed)
  11. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    08 Jul '12 05:49
    Originally posted by homedepotov
    Here are some of my favorites that I have heard. Add your own.

    1) A king can check another king.
    2) Pawns can capture diagonally 2 squares forward on their first move.
    3) A king can move into check if it is from a piece that is absolutely pinned.
    4) En Passant captures can't be legal so you must be cheating if you capture e.p.
    5) You can't castle if the rook you are castling with is under attack.
    6) "What is that move?" "Castling." "But you can't move two pieces in one move!"
  12. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    08 Jul '12 05:50
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    6) "What is that move?" "Castling." "But you can't move two pieces in one move!"
    7) You can draw by the perpetual check rule.
  13. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    08 Jul '12 14:48
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    6) You have to repeat moves 3 times before it's a draw.

    Apparently this was a common rule in the Soviet Union at some point, and only after FIDE set them right did they begin playing by the official rule. (Which is, of course, that the position must be repeated thrice - which usually is just before the third repetition of moves, the position h ...[text shortened]... stalemate) when you're losing.

    Sadly still a not uncommon idea on this site.

    Richard
    I like 7). It's entertaining when we get threads like "My opponent is a coward because he keeps checking me with his Queen to avoid losing." 😀
  14. Subscriber LittleDonkey
    Little Donkey
    08 Jul '12 19:53
    An opponent of mine once attempted to take one of my pawns "en-passant" with his rook. Makes for an interesting game if the en-passant rule is expanded to all other pieces.
  15. 09 Jul '12 15:54
    If you can stalemate when losing you win!