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    Check!!! To call or not to call!

    Your opponent moves one of his pieces checking your King. "Check"! he calls emphatically, some times even pointing at his piece thus underlying the resolute nature of their move. You look at him/her in a way that says "I know, I am in check you so and so you don't have to tell me!
    Actually, in certain parts of Europe even calling a check on the Queen ("Gardez la reine!" was within the correct etiquette of playing the royal game! Checking the King ("Gardez le Roi!" or simply "Roi"!) was just part and parcel of the chess player's parlance regardless the venue.
    I never say "check"! Do you?
    Is there any rule related to this?
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    "Check to the actual physical King!"
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    I dont, and its probably against the local chess culture here. But it wouldnt bother me and i wouldnt complain about it or whinge at chesschat about it either.

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    There is no rule requiring a player to say check.

    Saying check in a serious tournament game is nearly always unacceptable distraction, if not of the opponent then of other players. Probably OK if done very quietly when the opponent has already commenced making an illegal move and you wish to deter them, though I find just pointing at the checking piece and then their king most often sufficient.

    At weak junior chess level it is probably a good idea to encourage saying check otherwise you will spend your whole day chasing up illegal move issues.

    Probably another thread on this somewhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by justaknight
    Actually, in certain parts of Europe even calling a check on the Queen ("Gardez la reine!" was within the correct etiquette of playing the royal game!
    My dad encouraged saying "En garde!" for attacks on the queen.
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    No, don't say check at club level or beyond. As KB said, there is no rule, and it could be a distraction. It's mainly Hollywood that portrays top players as announcing "check", e.g. the Kronsteen v McAdams game in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love (based on the Spassky v Bronstein brilliancy played a few years before).

    It's inadvisable in blitz because if it's not noticed, you could claim a win via illegal move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    No, don't say check at club level or beyond. As KB said, there is no rule, and it could be a distraction. It's mainly Hollywood that portrays top players as announcing "check", e.g. the Kronsteen v McAdams game in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love (based on the Spassky v Bronstein brilliancy played a few years before).

    It's inadvisable in blitz because if it's not noticed, you could claim a win via illegal move.
    Calling check can also be taken as insulting by some players.

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    Calling check when it isn't is a good coffee-house tactic to confuse people.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    Calling check when it isn't is a good coffee-house tactic to confuse people.
    Voting Labor and then trying to intellectually justify it with real-world examples of prior success is also a good way to confuse people
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    Voting Labor and then trying to intellectually justify it with real-world examples of prior success is also a good way to confuse people
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    Memories of John the Welsh (neither a leek munching nor a virginal patzer ) mad poet at the MCC. Amongst his rapid fire reciting of Shakespearian sonets and Keats's Ode To A Nightingale and his brilliant drawings, thunderous cries of "Check to your King, you full!" Sadly, he had become very violent during the last stages of his short life; a Gothic, fiery character, clad in black overcoats, with an inexplicable hatred for Dylan Thomas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justaknight
    ...with an inexplicable hatred for Dylan Thomas.
    Don't tell me he visited MCC as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    Don't tell me he visited MCC as well...
    Hey Nano is still around! Long time no see! No Dylan didn't, Shaekspeare and Keats had prioriy, so we sent him to Gong to keep you company; did he find his way there?
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    I tend to find it rather irritating when an opponent insists on announcing "CHECK", specially when we're in an endgame and it happens every few moves! I like to think that at most tournaments, most of the players will be experienced enough to tell when they're in check and when they aren't. However, in tournaments where there are younger kids or kids who don't play much (such as interschools) I think it's acceptable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miranda
    However, in tournaments where there are younger kids or kids who don't play much (such as interschools) I think it's acceptable.
    Yeah, as KB said too. But when they get more advanced, it would be good to break the habit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miranda
    I tend to find it rather irritating when an opponent insists on announcing "CHECK", specially when we're in an endgame and it happens every few moves!
    That's why some players do it!

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