Pawns Capture Kings

by Taksa
(Amroha)

Q. Can Pawn take on king (ie) can king be made check by pawn?


Can Pawns Capture Kings?


A. Hi Taksa, no piece can actually take the King but the pawn can certainly attack an enemy King just like any other piece, checking him, taking part in mating attacks and indeed delivering mate. There are few more terrifying sights on a chess board than a rolling pawn mass in full flight. Some of the best checkmates in the history of chess have been delivered by pawns. Some of the most exciting games have featured pawn storms on the King's stronghold. Let me show what I mean with a spectacular example of a pawn storm, pawn check and pawn delivering mate in the same game. Some great sacrificial play thrown in as well.

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Sep 19, 2012
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Great Thing to know about Chess!
by: Jeeva Mahesh

The power of pawns to capture Kings seems extremely wonderful. We can use our pawns to win the game. By doing so it questions the superiority of King over others in the game. This understanding will serve as a strong weapon to be used during crucial moments of play. Thanks a lot!

Sep 17, 2012
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Yes They Can!
by: Billy Wong

Like any other chess piece, a pawn is technically capable of threatening a king and putting it into check or even checkmate. However, pawn's limited movement makes it more difficult to do so but it is certainly within the rules and possible!

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Pawn Mate
by: T Ramamoorthy

Even the queen can't actually take the King but the pawn can certainly attack an enemy King. Pawns frequently help the major troops like queen, rook, bishop and horse in their attacks.

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Great example!
by: Dona Delvecchio

I never thought of playing so strongly with pawns before. I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas in my own games. I have been looking for some new attack strategies, and this is a big help.

Sep 17, 2012
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Pawns owning Kings
by: Eduardo Munhoz Leite

Pawns can checkmate kings just like any other piece in chess. However, it shouldn't be easy to do so, since pawns can only move forward and capture in diagonals. I found the link with pawns capturing kings extremely interesting. It is like opening up a new way to play chess!

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Can the King in any way earn a pawn?

by Peter
(Everett)

Q. Can the King in any way earn a pawn?


Can a King in any way earn a pawn?

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Pawns promote not Kings
by: Ken

A. No, not in the sense of promoting to a pawn. The pawns themselves are used for promoting to a piece, any piece except a King. The pawn is almost always promoted to a Queen. This usually occurs in the endgame.

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King Moves Without Check

by Sanjay Diarsa
(Nadiad)

Q. Can the king move without being given a check at any time?


King Move Without Check


A. Yes the king can move at any stage of the game when a legal move is available. It is not required that the king is in check or that he had been in check earlier.

Just like the queen, the king can move straight in any direction or diagonally in any direction. The queen has maximum range and can move to one side of the board to the other in one move provided her path isn't blocked.

But the king can only move one square at a time, he has minimum range. Because of this extreme lack of mobility the king usually tends to spend much of the game tucked away in a corner where the enemy has difficulty reaching him.

You can find everything you need to know about this on the king moves page.

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King Safety
by: Meera Kumar

Get your King to the corner quick and you won't have to move it again for most of the game. It only comes out again near the end when the strong figures are exchanged or captured. Then you will move the King many times.

Sep 17, 2012
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Move the King to the Corner
by: PRIYA

The king wont be the first target of the opponents. So before they target the king we have to move the king to the corner place to avoid the check. The king should be surrounded by other chess men. Its the simple way to avoid check mate. Or it should be protected by the either side by other chess man. If the opponent attacks we can move king out of the checks to where the opponent chess man does not control.

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King is the Key Piece
by: Eduardo Munhoz Leite

The answer is clear, easy to understand and pretty much sums it up. The king is a vital piece in chess, and, as stated in the answer, he usually keeps his time stuck at some kind of corner where enemies won't be able to get to so easily. I believe that the first great step on how to play chess is recognizing the importance that the king has.

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YES!! The King can move!!
by: SYAM

The King can move along his possible sides without being checked. He can move further to the next adjacent square if it is possible. But mostly the King would like to stay in the safety of his castled position. He can move towards left, right, top, bottom, even diagonal if there is a possible way to move.

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King Can Move
by: Wajid2020

There is no point that the King cannot move without the check on him. He can move at any time because in this game it is very important to keep the King defended at all times. This makes it very important to move the King when needed.

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