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lespaul 20 ( +1 | -1 )
What is a situation where... ...You would promote a pawn to anything else except a queen?

I can't think of any reson why you would want to, but I'm very inexperienced, so perhaps someone could share a previous game they've had?
zdrak 25 ( +1 | -1 )
White: Kg1, Qh5, Rf1, pawns g7, g2, h2
Black: Kg8, Qd7, Re8, pawns a7, b7, h7

White wins by:
1. Rf8+ Rxf8
2.Qxh7+ Kxh7
3.gxf8=N+
Forking white Queen and King and remaining a knight ahead. Note that promoting to a Queen doesn't give white any advantage.

zdrak 26 ( +1 | -1 )
And here is an actual game I had:

White (me): Kh3, pawns g7, h6
Black: Kh7

The game continued:

1.Kg4 Kxh6!? (black is lost anyway, so might as well try this)

Now white must promote, else black captures g7. But 2.g8=Q is stalemate. Therefor I played 2.g8=R with an easy win.
desertfox 47 ( +1 | -1 )
Queening Hi,

Promoting a pawn to a queen can put the opponents' king in a stalemate, and we don't want that disappointment. I had it in blitz games. And sometimes promoting the pawn to a knight that checks the opponent's king is better than promoting to a queen, because you win a vital tempo which is more important than material considerations. The late Estonian GM, Keres, wrote an excellent book called "Practical Chess Endings". Try to get a copy of it and learn about endings.

Desertfox
zoobrenok 38 ( +1 | -1 )
there are also cases where opponents king does not have a room to hide from checking knight (or a piece to take your knight with once you promote your pawn) which means that promoting a pawn to knight checkmates opponent.

i think i've seen one of the games like this either in one of the books or here on GK
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premium_steve 44 ( +1 | -1 )
here's a popular case (albin-counter gambit or something??):
1.d4,d5 2.c4,e5 3.dxe5,d4 4.e3,Bb4+ 5.Bd2,dxe3 6.Bxb4,exf2+ 7.Ke2,f2xNg1/N+

on black's seventh move promoting to a queen would be worse because white could play QxQ then, before the capture on g1. white can't play Rxg1 now because he's in check by the knight. he must take the knight with his rook. so 8.RxN, and then there is ...QXQ i think with better game for black
honololou 18 ( +1 | -1 )
lespaulů check this out:

www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/babs.html
lespaul 36 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks... For all of your answers.

I can see how easy it might be to stalemate if you promote to a queen.

The game honololou has linked to is very interesting... that is really a one in a million situation.

Maybe if you thought you were so in control of the game that it didn't matter what you promoted the piece to, you might not promote to a queen.
Sort of a mental kinda thing with the opponent?
calmrolfe 12 ( +1 | -1 )
umm.. Underpromoting from a position of strength might be considered a little disrespectful if there was no need for it.

Kind regards,

Cal
lespaul 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Calmrolfe... ...That's the point I was trying to make (sort of)...

If you really wanted to try and create a mental advantage for the next game with that person perhaps, then you might try to make yourself seem superior in that way?
Maybe not....

It's not something I would ever do myself...
zdrak 34 ( +1 | -1 )
If your opponent played himself into a position where it doesn't matter wether you promote a pawn to a queen/rook/bishop/knight, and still he wouldn't resign ... then I would say there is no need to make yourself seem superior - he's already doing a heck of a job making himself seem inferior.