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 | 13428 Votes | 226 Comments


  • 4 weeks ago


    I have a wood set with only one Queen. Gennerally I get 4 queens a game so I have to under-promote.

  • 4 weeks ago


    Yes, rarely for showing off Surprised but sometimes also to avoid stalemate (being ahead, but under time pressure or in a blitz match). 

  • 6 weeks ago


    more queens means higher risk to stalemate. i always underpromote when i have a lot more pieces than my opponent but my opponent refuse to resign.

  • 8 weeks ago


    cprchess: How? That would mean you started with nine pawns...

  • 8 weeks ago


    i once checkmated someone with 5 bishops, 4 knights, and 4 pawns

  • 2 months ago


    I picked "Yes, to avoid giving stalemate," because I have done that numerous times, but in one game, I reached an endgame where I had two pawns and two knights versus two pawns, and my opponent refused to resign. I told him that if he didn't, I wouldn't even bother to queen; I'd checkmate him with just my knights.

    "That's not even possible!" he replied.

    "Twenty bucks says it is."

    "That's a bet," he said with a self-assured look.

    You can guess the rest. I proceeded to march my connected pawns up the board, promoted both to knights, and collected my reward about two dozen moves later.

    There's more than one way to swindle in the game of chess.

  • 3 months ago


    My opponent said "promote to a queen" in the london championships because he knew it would be stalemate and draw after me wooping his sad pethetic ass. Then I said "knight please... checkmate!" Then he said "No its not I can mov..." *bursts into tears* *I put out my hand so as he can shake it mockingly*

  • 4 months ago


    I promote to rook if there is alreay queen on board and no queen piece nearby. In winning game i never ask for queen.

  • 5 months ago


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

  • 5 months ago


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

  • 6 months ago


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

  • 6 months ago


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

  • 7 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

  • 7 months ago


    That's hilarious henry lmao

  • 7 months ago


  • 8 months ago


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

  • 9 months ago


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

  • 9 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)
  • 10 months ago


    8rook checkmate once, rook on every file all promoted

  • 10 months ago


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

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