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Keyword Query: Chess Piece Names
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You're after knowing the names of all the Chess Pieces ... We're after stating the bleedin' obvious.

I've said it elsewhere, but will repeat it again ...

When beginners refer to "Chess Pieces", they usually mean all the chessmen, including the Pawns (I know you don't know what they are yet, bear with me) ...

However, experienced players often make a distinction between Pawns - which you don't yet know about - and all the other chessmen, collectively referred to as the "Pieces" - which you don't know about ... yet.

For the sake of satisfying beginner expectations, we'll list the Pawns - well, one Pawn - on this page, followed by the individual Pieces ...


Pawn Chess Piece


Pawn Chess Piece

You get 8 of these and they all line up in a row, infront of your Pieces, at the beginning of each game.

They're slow-movers - after accepting or rejecting their 2-square-move opening, Pawns can only advance one square per turn.

Capturing is done diagonally - but forwards only ... I suppose that's to represent old world battles, when close-up fighting was done by the foot-soldiers (the Pawns) with swords - they'd sweep their sword diagonally across, to deliver their killer blow.

Anyway, refer to our article, Basic Chess Moves, for more insight, including the Pawn's special moves (see the Recommended Links, below).


Knight Chess Piece


Knight Chess Piece

The first of our chess Piece names goes to the Knight ...

They're unique among the Pieces as Knights are the only ones that can JUMP over obstacles - providing the square they intend to land upon isn't occupied by a Pawn or Piece from their own side.

Their pattern of movement is also unique, as they move in an L-shape ... If there's an enemy Pawn or Piece at the end of their maneuver, they'll capature it - they don't capture material mid-jump!


Bishop Chess Piece


Bishop Chess Piece

Moves diagonally only, but can cover long distances, which makes more sense when told that the Italians use to refer to Pawns as the "runner" (though, in Italian, of course).

Each Bishop must remain on the same color square they begin each game upon.


Rook Chess Piece


Rook Chess Piece

Rooks move along the straights only - that is, the Ranks and Files respectively.

Unlike the Bishops, Rooks cannot move diagonally, but like the Bishops, they're also long-range weapons.


Queen Chess Piece


Queen Chess Piece

Like a woman in the sales, this Piece sure can shift about the place ... The Queen is your most potent attacking Piece, able to strike from distance, from one side of the board to the other - both diagonally and along the straights.


King Chess Piece


King Chess Piece

The last of the chess Piece names belongs to the King ...

While the King can also move in any direction, like the Queen; when it comes to actually moving about, the King is as slow as a Pawn, with one move, per turn.

Castling is a special move which gets the King to relative safety, while the main battle takes place.


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