Jane asked in Games & RecreationBoard Games · 6 months ago

Tipping the king in chess.?

Growing up, whenever I played chess with friends or family, we always tipped the king over with our finger if we resigned. However, I've been watching alot of live tournament chess videos and it seems no one does this. Is it not a widespread tradition or is it considered rude to do for some reason in a professional game? Don't see how it could be rude though as it was such a humble gesture growing up.

8 Answers

  • 5 months ago

    In modern chess, resignation is typically stated verbally rather than shown physically. It is not disallowed or rude to tip the king, but most players nowadays just tell their opponent that they resign and shake hands.

  • zipper
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    A true gamer does not give up until check mate, so they do not TIPP the King. The play until they really loose.

    • In chess, it is respectful to resign in a completely lost position because you are essentially saying to your opponent that you are sure they have the ability to win the game from that position on. It also saves time.

  • 5 months ago

    Instead of tipping the king, the usual thing is to neutral you clock and extend your hand to designate resignation.

  • 6 months ago

    Not a problem. The problem in just using a handshake is one could mistakenly be thought of as offering a draw!

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  • Yavan
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Technically, that's an illegal move.

    It doesn't matter that much, since you're forfeiting anyway, but in tournament, you are obligated to move any piece you touch, unless there are no legal moves that can be made with that piece. By touching the king, you are engaging yourself to play a king move. Needless to say knocking it over is not a legal move.

    So the convention is to simply resign, usually by presenting your hand to the opponent.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    i dont think its an official rule of chess, its just some people's habit or the way they learned chess

  • 6 months ago

    Despite it being common, especially in tv, its never actually been a rule of chess.

    Thats why its never done at tournaments.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Different levels of play have different etiquette, it doesn't mean the differences are inherently 'rude', it's just one of those things that are fine at amateur level, but feel out of place at professional level. Things like saying 'check', not knowing when to resign a lost position (it's fine when the players are amateurs and can't easily identify a lost position, but for pros, it's like you're hoping they make an easily avoidable and unlikely to happen mistake), and tipping the king over, they are all things that school or instant messenger level players do, and that's totally fine.

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