How the pieces move

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Mar 5, 2009, 1:18 AM |
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The Queen
The Queen may move in all directions for any number of squares providing she does not jump pieces and that the destination square is free or occupied by one of the opponent's pieces. The move must not leave the moving side in check.
The King
The King may also move in all directions but only one square at a time. As with the Queen, the destination square must be free or occupied by one of the opponent's pieces and the move must not leave the moving side in check.

The Bishop
The Bishop moves diagonally, sliding any number of squares without jumping pieces. As always, the destination square must be free or occupied by one of the opponent's pieces and the move must not leave the moving side in check.

The Rook

The rook may move any number of squares but only horizontally or vertically. It may not jump pieces and once again the move must not leave the moving side in check Naturally, the destination square must be free or occupied by one of the opponent's pieces.

The Knight

The Knight moves 2 squares in one direction, followed by a one square move in a perpendicular direction, altogether creating an L shaped move. It may jump pieces but the destination square must be free or occupied by one of the opponent's pieces. The move must not leave the moving side in check.

The Pawn
The pawn moves forward only. It may move 2 squares on its first move, providing they are both free and one square on all other moves, once again providing the destination square is free. This changes in the case of capturing an opposing piece. The pawn can only take a piece which is one square diagonally in front of it. The move must not leave the moving side in check.
The En Passant Rule:
When a pawn is in its fifth rank and the opposing pawn in the adjacent column makes its first 2-square move (bringing it to stand beside the first pawn), the first pawn may capture its opponent just as if it had moved only one square. This may be done only on the move immediately following the second pawn's 2-square move and only by another pawn.