Upside-Down Rook

There is a common convenience in social chess to use an “upside-down rook” to represent a promoted Queen. This allows you to have two Queens on the board without having to find a second set of pieces. The main topics include:

Tournament Trap with Upside-Down Rooks

Interestingly, the use of an upside-down rook is not properly recognized in the official rules of tournament chess. Officially, playing an upside-down rook for a pawn promotion is actually still a rook. It’s an underpromotion! So this is a trap to watch out for in more advanced professional tournaments.

This strict rule may not apply in all tournaments. Some tournament rules may differ and a referee of a junior tournament may offer discretion.

Related Chess Rules Topics

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