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Keyword Query: Chess Piece Moves
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You want to see the moves of the individual Chess Pieces

Now then, experienced Chess players don't refer to Pawns as "Pieces" - there's a dividing line between the common foot-soldiers (the Pawns) and the, for want of a better term, "higher classes" (the Pieces).

However, beginners just see or refer to all the chessmen as "Chess Pieces", so you're probably expecting to see the movement of the Pawns, on this page.

And, so you shall ...


Pawns

Chess Glossary - Official Chess Rules - Pawn

Virtually all beginners (to Chess) start out by playing, or controlling, White's army and so, this is typically what you'll see ... White's army advancing UP the Chessboard; Black's army advancing DOWN the Board.

In the image, above, the black dots represent legal moves, while illegal moves are depicted by an 'x'.

You'll notice Pawns can advance 2 squares, from their starting position (as indicated with the White Pawn); but, thereafter, the Pawn is restricted to 1 square advance, per turn (as indicated with the Black Pawn).


Knights

Chess Glossary - Official Chess Rules - Knight

The Knight Chess Piece moves in a unique L-shape pattern.

Knights always have a maximum range of movement in any position that's at least 3 squares in, from the very edge of the Board.

Notice how the Black Knight's range of movement is reduced, by being at the very edge of the Board?

Another thing, you'll also see that, while totally blocked in, 3 black dots show this Black Knight still has legal options for moving ... This is due to its special ability to jump over obstacles, onto clear squares, that don't contain 'friendly' Pawns or Pieces.

Should the target squares contain enemy Pieces, then the Knight can land on those squares and capture the enemy!


Bishops

Chess Glossary - Official Chess Rules - Bishop

Bishops are stuck on the same-color square that they start each game and they can only move along diagonal paths.

However, if the way is clear, they can reach any available square on the Board.


Rooks

Chess Glossary - Official Chess Rules - Rook

The Rooks are restricted to moving along the 'straights' - that is, the Ranks and Files respectively - but they also have long-range capability, providing their path is clear.

They are considered more powerful than the long-range Bishops, as the Rook isn't restricted to a single color of square ...

Two Rooks, working together, are more powerful than a lone Queen (... if used correctly).


Queens

Chess Glossary - Official Chess Rules - Queen

The Queen Chess Pieces moves the same as both the Bishops (diagonally) and the Rooks (along the straights) and, as such, is your most-powerful, single Piece, on the Board.

The only move a Queen cannot replicate is the jumping ability, which is unique to Knights only.


Kings

Chess Glossary - Official Chess Rules - King

A King is vulnerable because he can only be moved, like the Pawn, one square per turn ... However, unlike the Pawn, the advantage is that King Chess Piece moves in ANY direction.


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