Multiple Queen Positions

In chess it is legal to have more than one queen. In theory, each player could queen their 8 pawns, and thereby have 9 queens each.

Beginners who are winning will often end a game (slowly) by queening lots of pawns and then mating the hapless King with their five queens. Two queens are more than enough to give checkmate and thatís the fastest way usually. Five queens will often result in stalemate rather than checkmate!

In adult tournament chess, positions where each player queens a pawn, and then has 2 queens each are uncommon, but do arise in practice. Real positions with 3 or more queens for either player are rare.

Note that thereís a trap in the rules. In social chess, youíll often represent a second queen by an upside-down rook. But in tournament chess, thatís not correct, and itís considered to still be a rook. So watch out you donít accidentally underpromote to a rook!