The Fifty-Move Rule in Chess

The fifty-move rule in chess is a rule designed to prevent chess games from lasting infinitely long. Let’s look at what exactly the 50-rule move is and what its implications are for chess.

What is the Fifty-Move Rule in Chess?

The fifty-move rule states that a player can claim a draw if no capture has been made and no pawn has been pushed within the last 50 moves.

This rule is designed to stop players without a winning chance from playing on indefinitely.

Claiming a draw via the fifty-move rule does not have to happen at the first opportunity. The draw can be claimed any time the fifty-move rule is currently in effect; i.e. there has not been a pawn move or capture within the last 50 moves.

Be aware: A game is not automatically declared a draw, whenever the fifty-move rule comes into effect. The draw must be claimed by a player! Only the player whose turn it currently is, can claim the draw. Meaning, it is also possible for the game to continue despite the 50-move rule, although that is very uncommon.

Does Castling Reset The 50 Move Rule?

No, castling does not reset the fifty-move rule. While it does change the position of the game, it does not involve a capture or the movement of a pawn.

Remember: Only a pawn move or a capture resets the 50-move rule!

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