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In one of my wife’s favorite books turned into a movie, Pride and Prejudice, the game of chess is often brought up due to it being Mr. Bennet’s favorite game. In its many variations, Pride and Prejudice has sparked an interest to at least know and understand the game.
Chess was considered a gentleman’s game and it was a point of bragging rights to be the champion. It was also known to be an intellectual game. It meant you could think multiple moves in advance and try to out think your opponent.
Since you had all these different pieces and moves that could be done, it wasn’t taught to the common man. Chess has been a game that few have become proficient in in this day and age.
Sports have taken a higher priority than intellectual behavior. With its many different pieces, and their unique moves that they represent and perform, it can be a fun and diverting game to play.
But some questions arise due to a lack of knowledge when you first start. Can your pieces perform another’s tasks? Is it possible for a queen to move like a knight/horse?
The queen can make the same moves as every other piece on the board can… besides the Knight. The queen cannot move in the same way as the Knight can.
The Queen is the most powerful piece in chess since she can move in so many different ways. However the Knight is the only piece that can move two up/down and one over or one up/down and two over.
That move is unique to the Knight and can only be done by that piece.
Chess is set up like two medieval kingdoms. Two opposing kingdoms that are going to war. The goal is to get the king of the opposing kingdom to be put into checkmate.
Simply, that means that the king has nowhere to go, and no further moves to make unless he wants to die. It means you have to out think the other player and all the moves that his loyal subjects can make to ensure the safety of their king.
The game of chess puts the feudal system in full effect and also helps you understand that the medieval period in history really wasn’t the best place to be, especially if you were a peasant (or a pawn) during that time.
To understand the basics of chess, you must understand a few pieces and the subsequent rules that they must follow.
You have your pawns, I think of them as the peasants. They are front and center of the battle and are only allowed to move one space at a time, but on the first move they have the option of moving one or two squares.
Pawns capture pieces by going diagonally one space. They are also the most expendable of the pieces in chess.
Then there are the rooks. They can only move straight forward or backwards, and side to side, but not diagonally. Their move stops though when they either capture the opponent in it’s path or they are waiting for another move to present itself.
Bishops move diagonally any amount of squares.
Knights move in a “L” shape. Knights move two squares in either horizontal or vertical line, and then move one square horizontally or vertically. They are the only piece who can jump over other pieces.
Queens move in any direction for any amount of squares, but they can’t change directions once it has started.
A king can only move one space at a time and it can be in any direction. It is the most protected piece as if it is taken (or can’t move where it won’t be taken on the next turn), then the game is over.
Now that you know the pieces and the moves each are capable of, there can still be a few questions. One question can be concerning the pieces and if they can change roles.
Even though a piece may capture another piece, it will not take on the captured piece’s abilities. Each piece will remain with its designated moves throughout the game.
The only exception to this is if you are able to get a pawn to the opponent’s back row. If you are able to do this then the pawn can become a Queen (or other piece of your choosing).
Although this rarely happens (since pawns move so slow) if it does you can have multiple queens on the board at once!
So whether you are a novice or a pro, chess is a great game to play and test your mental abilities. Hopefully you will enjoy the game and conquer another kingdom… just a little less bloody than an actual war!
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What Moves Can A Queen Make?
My father is the one who taught me chess. He loved it! As an accountant, he loved anything that was intellectual.
He worked long hours every day, and his time was a rare gift. But he would have off on weekends, so even though Saturday mornings he had a different engagement he was always a part of and never missed, his evenings would be with his family.
One of those evenings he brought out a chess board. It’s alternating 64 white and black squares were mesmerizing, and it’s pieces were interesting to look at.
I loved horses, so the knight was my favorite piece. I was fascinated with its “L” shaped moves. But then I learned about the queen.
Now of course, I always thought the queen was like how a real queen can be – delicate, gentle, and protected. However, that’s not how it is in chess.
Instead of something kinda boring, a queen can be the greatest weapon with the greatest responsibility, protecting the king.
The queen is placed behind the pawns, right next to the king. It is a piece that can be played as one of the strongest weapons while playing chess. Hidden behind the pawns, it waits, knowing that it will be used to protect her subjects and most importantly, the king.
It is given a place of honor as it sits next to the king. It has a crown at the top showing her hierarchy. It is a very valuable piece, and even though it requires great protection due to her importance, it is still a weapon to be unleashed when called upon.
Now, the question is what moves can a queen make?
Why is it so powerful? In my personal opinion, it’s more valuable than any other piece of the game.
The Queen is able to move in any one direction. It can move vertically , horizontally , diagonally , forward and backwards. It can move as many spaces as needed until it reaches an object.
The Queen is sometimes described as a combination of a rook and bishop. However, it cannot “jump” pieces. As stated above, it can move in any direction unless it reaches an obstruction or it captures a piece. That will then end the move.
The queen’s greatest responsibility is to protect the king. You must keep your eyes on the board very carefully so you can protect your queen, who will then be in the best position to protect the king.
The game of chess has many rules and pieces, but it’s greatest piece to be used is the queen. It is either the black queen or the white queen.
It is very powerful and rules and protects her subjects well. If you ever play the game, I hope you will enjoy ruling your small kingdom as you face another opponent with the same pieces and power.
Thankfully this battle is bloodless! No injuries to be seen except pieces captured!
You can make your own memories as I have when playing this game. Of course, you want to rule the whole board, so play carefully and try to outwit your opponent.
If you want to challenge yourself, there are chess tournaments and clubs you can be a part of. The many enthusiasts of chess welcome teaching others and helping them develop a love for the game.
So enjoy the game of chess.