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 | 14002 Votes | 210 Comments


  • 3 months ago

    NM Kenneth_Thomas

    I had B+2P vs. N, including an a-pawn with wrong-color bishop and an f-pawn that the N kept attacking. I had to promote my f-pawn to a N to keep it from being forked by his N with a draw. B+N+a-pawn vs. N was a win. I've never seen an underpromotion like this, even in Tim Krabbe's book.

  • 3 months ago


    I had a light squared bishop and the pawn I had was promoting on a dark square. I promoted to a bishop and checkmated later

  • 5 months ago


    This one time, at chess camp, I underpromoted to the top hat from monopoly. I was also playing left-handed at the time with one eye blindfolded.

  • 7 months ago


    Rarely I get a chance to under promote,

  • 7 months ago


    My friend in otb tournament had extra bishop against opponents lone king to show off he took second bishop and put mate

  • 8 months ago


    Yes, in a tournament I ended with promoting to a rook checkmate, just because I could.

  • 10 months ago


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

  • 10 months ago


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

  • 10 months 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.

  • 10 months ago


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

  • 10 months ago


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

  • 11 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.

  • 12 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*

  • 12 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.

  • 13 months ago


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

  • 14 months ago


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

  • 15 months ago


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

  • 15 months ago


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

  • 16 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

  • 16 months ago


    That's hilarious henry lmao

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