Learn The King Moves For Chess
We've finally reached the most important piece in chess. The King moves in an identical fashion to the Queen
, but with one major difference.
The King is the central piece in the chess, around whom all of the drama plays out. This is because the object of the game is to capture the enemy King. That is how to win.
So everything you do must be a plan or a sub-plan to first fortify your own King, then to prepare a platform from which to launch a successful attack on the opposing King.
King Moves: The King can move in any direction, straight or diagonal, but only one square at a time
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 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.
In the endgame when many of the pieces have left the board, the King can take a more active role in the battle. Now it is safer for him in the open when he does not face the imminent threat of checkmate.
Now you know how all the pieces move. Play through the demos loaded in the King Tutorial
. Well that was the easy bit. From here the road will get more and more interesting.
Now that you can move the pieces there is just one question. How do you get the most out of them and exploit their potential? I can take you through some fundamental strategic basics, giving you a good base to start from.
Let's face it, even if the general movements are easy enough, there are a few things to remember with respect to promotions, en passant and castling. Finding winning strategies is where things start getting a little tougher. As a lead in to developing your game, let's talk about your favorite chess combinations