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Why do we try so hard to capture the opponent's king, but are never allowed to capture it once we get in proper position? It makes me so mad sometimes that I have to announce check or checkmate. Especially after thinking and playing so hard. I just want to capture that piece. Just once. Has anyone ever captured the king? Is there something I'm missing here?
It would be an act of lèse-majesté to kill the king is the historical reason. Old traditions are very hard to change in chess.
It's not against the rules. I usually just capture the king in competitive play for fun xP
As for online/live/960 I'm not sure why you can't.
To capture the king your opponent would need to make an illegal move or you'd have to make two moves in a row.
There is a great story about Bejamin Franklin playing some aristocrat in Europe and after he had her checkmated he captured her king. She said "we don't capture kings" and his response was "in America we do!"
IT IS DIFICULT =IF YOU TRY- THE GAME COULD LAST FOREVER
The old blitz rules were that if the opponent left his King in check or moved it into check, you captured it and won the game.
Of course they had to change that rule, it was too simple, so now you have to notify a arbiter in writing, fill out some forms in triplicate, and submit to a urine test to claim the win. But the chess bureaucrats are MUCH happier about it.
Because if Elvis lives, no one knows where he is...
Where can I find an arbiter?
Why is checkmate not enough? I mean, once that occurs, everyone knows the game is over, so making one more pointless move is, well, pointless.
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