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zhnkiu 56 ( +1 | -1 )
enpassant i was playing blitz without time controls on yahoo and my opponent was winning possitionally and moved his pawn two squares to fork my king and bishop. though shocked, i suddenly remembered enpassant and took it with my pawn, eventually winning the game. but my opponent whined and b****ed at me for not letting him take the move back since he never knew about 'enpassant' for the last twenty minutes of the game.
huh? how can someone not know about enpassant and still be able to play at a high level? i learned it in like elementary school. is this for real?

..z
greyrabbit 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh yes! I don't play it in friendlies any more cos so many people don't know it and whats the point in getting into an arguement. However I've won quite a few games by using en passant to disrupt an enemy pawn layer. You'd be surprised how many people who should, that don't know, so you have my sympathy *lol*.
Cheers
Charlie
mightytiny 94 ( +1 | -1 )
That's just silly. :) Just as in legal matters you can't appeal to ignorance of the law when charged with a crime, you can't appeal to ignorance of the rules you are playing if you fall victim to a rule you were unaware of.

After all, if you play a game without fully familiarizing yourself with the rules first, then what do you expect? It's not as if the En Passant is some hidden secret; type "chess rules" on google, and you'll surely find sites with the official rules explained, including en passant.

So if you're one of the many people who've learned this rule the hard way, all I have to say to you is quit whining, get a hold of yourself, and play on!

There's no taking moves back in chess - if you make moves carelessly, then you're supposed to suffer the consequences, and thereby maybe learn to be more careful in the future. Only if it is agreed at the begining of the game that it's going to be a situation where one party teaches the other can the option of taking back moves be useful.

i_play_slowly 59 ( +1 | -1 )
Re: "Is this for real?" Not really. I mean, it's possible that your opponent was ignorant of en passant. The unreal part is that your opponent, whether ignorant of the rule or not, would ask you to take your move back. It's like Bobby Fischer said, "That's what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one." You taught your opponent what en passant is, he will remember it for the rest of his life, and he should have thanked you. Would he be as strongly motivated to learn the rules of the game, I wonder, if all of his opponents agreed to take their moves back?
paulberg 58 ( +1 | -1 )
Re: "Is this for real?" Not really Interesting.. I play Yahoo periodically and I've always let my opponent take back a move when they've asked. I'm not really interested in motivating him to learn the rules.. all I care about is that I learn better chess. If he can think of a better move than I want him make that move so I can get better. I want him to put his best move forward (so to speak). Now, naturally when I play GK games and tournament games I'm glad when they make a careless move, however, Yahoo Chess is social playing which I don't really count for much.