What happens if a chess player wants to promote his pawn to a queen (after reaching the eighth rank), but his queen is still on the chessboard?

he must choose another piece
he must wait until the queen is available
he wins the game
he may use any item as the extra queen
Since the queen is the most powerful piece, the vast majority of pro­mo­tions in prac­ti­cal play are to a queen. If the queen is not avail­able, the official rules are that the player should stop the game clock and summon the arbiter for the correct piece. In casual play, an up­side-­down rook may be used to des­ig­nate a queen. Some finer sets do include an extra queen of each color.

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he must choose another piece
he must wait until the queen is available
he wins the game
he may use any item as the extra queen
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flagthe Netherlands
25%
18%
0%
56%
16
flagthe United Kingdom
18%
13%
13%
55%
76
flagGermany
19%
23%
12%
44%
56
flagPoland
24%
20%
12%
41%
3516
flagthe United States
18%
22%
14%
41%
48
flagUnknown
38%
21%
8%
29%
240
flagNorway
17%
41%
11%
29%
17
flagRepublic of Ireland
9%
45%
27%
18%
11

Gender

men43%
women44%
he must choose another piece
29%
14%
he must wait until the queen is available
18%
26%
he wins the game
8%
14%
he may use any item as the extra queen
43%
44%

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