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Have you ever "under-promoted" in a real game?

Have you ever "under-promoted" in a real game?

  • No, I've always Queened.
  • Yes, but just to show off.
  • Yes. (My set doesn't have extra Queens!)
  • Yes, to avoid giving stalemate!
  • Yes, because a Knight was more effective!

Created on March 2, 2012 | 13132 Votes | 218 Comments


  • 2 days ago


    Last year when I had just learned how to mate with a bishop, a knight and a king, I underpromoted my two passed pawns to show off.

  • 2 weeks ago


    I promoted to rook instead of queen because then it would be stalemate

  • 3 weeks ago


    nothing to do..... If I promote a queen thats stalemate

  • 8 weeks ago


    To have a laugh azur nd because it a nuisence finding a queen

  • 2 months ago


    I actually promoted a Knight in a rated game years ago because it gave me a Knight fork winning material.

  • 3 months ago


    none of the above.

    I generally will never get a 3rd or more queen.

    It is almost like doing a dance after punching someone, and IDK.


    But I have done to people who were rude verbally and talked smack or something like that.

    Also if you can't mate with 2 queens and back-up... well

    Any percieved double-meaning was honestly unintended.

    Oops I think I just popped a rib from laughing

  • 3 months ago


    That's hilarious henry lmao

  • 3 months ago


  • 4 months ago


    I do it to torture too lol fun being a douchebag in a tournaments sometimes.

  • 5 months ago


    wait so the guy dosen't want to resign why don't you checkmate him?

  • 5 months ago


    Had this near position come up in a game but had auto-queen set so I didn't get to underpromote (Even though I saw it would be better ugh)
  • 6 months ago


    8rook checkmate once, rook on every file all promoted

  • 6 months ago


    Yes,but just to torture people,i once got 8 bishops

  • 7 months ago


    I've made them rooks when it wouldn't havr made difference. And this game just gave me a puzzle, but when I tapped the piece then the square it wouldn't move, do I had to click next and it did the move I had JUST. SAID. so then it decides to drop me by 154 points. Sheesh. Not even right

  • 7 months ago


    I've done the lasker trap before in a blitz game:

    1. d4 d5

    2. c4 e5

    3. dxe5 d4

    4. e3 Bb4+

    5. Bd2 dxe3

    6. Bxb4 exf2+

    7. Ke2 fxg1=N+

    8. Rxg1 Bg4+

    9. Ke1 Qxd1+

  • 7 months ago


    I've promoted to a rook to avoid stalemate. Ive never been in a position where the knight or bishop is the better piece to promote to. 

    One common knight promotion is the lasker trap, maybe ill play that sometime hopefully

  • 7 months ago


    not in a tourney game, but for fun games i have done it a lot

  • 7 months ago


    "Yes, because a knight was more effective". But you can underpromote too a bishop too, though!

  • 7 months ago



    And once on purpose...to avooid stalemate.

  • 7 months ago


    Yes, but just to show off. (22%)

    thats me!

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