Chess makes you Smart
Great Chess Minds
make Great Students!
(Understanding the Laws of Chess)
The Laws of Chess are being
changed (refined/modified) every two years
or so. And of course, there is genuinely
some confusion of what's correct
and the latest. With every website
update, I will highlight a law or two
that needs to be understood in tournament
Resignation and Stalemate
It was White's move and he resigned in a stalemate position. However, the
arbiter overruled the resignation and decided the game was drawn because
of the stalemate. Was the arbiter's decision correct?
FIDE handbook reference:
5.2.1 The game is drawn when the player to move has no legal move and his king is not in check. The game is said to end in ‘stalemate’. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the stalemate position was in accordance with Article 3 and Articles 4.2 – 4.7.
In this present case.
with the stalemate is already established, the game is over and is a draw. It is irrelevant that a player resigned after the game was legally finished.
A boy promoted a pawn and picked up a queen. But before he placed
it onto the promotion square, he
realised that it would be a mistake. So he then chose a knight instead, placed it
on the square and pressed the clock.
His opponent objected and the arbiter agreed that the touch-move rule applied. Is the
decision of the arbiter correct?
FIDE handbook reference:
Article 4.4.4 promotes a pawn, the choice of the piece is finalised when the piece has touched the square of promotion.
In our case, though the boy had earlier picked up a queen, he did not
place the queen on the promotion square. He changed his mind and placed yet
another piece on the promotion square.
Therefore, the arbiter's
decision was wrong because the choice of piece was only finalised
when the piece touched the square of promotion.
The following position arose in a rapid tournament
White's 'flag' fell (White had no more time on the clock). The opponent stopped
the clock and summoned the arbiter to claim a win. If you are the arbiter, what
is your decision? (Note: Black only has a Knight and King.)
Reference: A.4.3. To claim a win on time, the claimant may stop the chess
clock and notify the arbiter. For the claim to be successful, the claimant must have time remaining on his own clock after the chess clock has been stopped. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the claimant cannot checkmate the player’s king by
any possible series of legal moves.
If Black can show a possible checkmate with
the pieces remaining on the board, then Black wins on time. One
possible checkmate is as follows:
Do you have a question on the
laws of chess? Please email me at email@example.com, with your name, and I will reply you at some stage. If I feel it is relevant, I will post it on one of my website updates. Thank you.
Arbiter Collin Madhavan.
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