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The need to say check

Some people say saying check is not needed in a proper game. That is half true, because your opponent should be paying attention to the game and know that herself or himself is in check, but with new players, saying check is a vital thing. People also get distracted in their games, or do not focus (read my last article, 'Focus is the key' ) and they do not realize they are in check. Here is something to argue about!

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  • 3 years ago

    Crosspinner

    djrojas, I agree that saying check during a tournament would be rude and silly.  

  • 3 years ago

    djrojas

    In over the board tournament play saying check is rude. You are implying something your oponent is already well aware of. If he is not aware and makes an illegal move then you might just get more time on your clock!

  • 3 years ago

    Crosspinner

    Interrobang, what you wrote, " I say let them waste a little time now and then. They will learn faster to pay more attention to the possible threats in their opponents' moves that way." makes a lot of senseNothing is more disturbing to a beginner than being told, "You can't move there because you are in check."  Or just saying, "You cannot move there."  They would no doubt remember that much more than just saying, "CHECK!"  But sometimes it is just fun to do.   

  • 3 years ago

    Interrobang

    Since by rule the king can never leave the board (in a "proper game"), and any move that fails to address the check is illegal and cannot be played, verbally notifying the opponent of check serves as nothing more than a courtesy in case they would otherwise not notice and spend time thinking about other lines. This almost never happens among competent players who are accustomed to giving consideration to their kings' safety. But it happens to beginning players on occasion. I say let them waste a little time now and then. They will learn faster to pay more attention to the possible threats in their opponents' moves that way.

  • 3 years ago

    Crosspinner

    Once in a while I am right.  It makes up for all of the times I am wrong, well, at least it helps.

  • 3 years ago

    zingrat

    Your all right!

  • 3 years ago

    Crosspinner

    UVFO2368, the king in never captured.  The king never leaves the board. The king must move, the check blocked or the checking piece captured, but never is the king captured.  

  • 3 years ago

    Crosspinner

    Saying  check has both a wonderful sound and a threatening sound.  Why not say it? It can, in some cases, be very demoralizing to an opponent, especially when the opponent is not aware of the check and the danger the king is in.  

    I have played some opponents that insist that one should say, "Queen check" when the queen is in danger.  I refuse to do that.  If my opponent is not aware of the queen's possible capture, tough luck.  She's mine to capture! 

  • 3 years ago

    UVF02368

    I was taught not to say check.  If they don't notice and make an illegal move leaving their king in check, capture it!  GAME OVER!

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