En Passant

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En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may only be played immediately after a two-square square pawn advance, or the right to capture "in passing" is lost.

After pawns were granted the ability to move two squares on their first move, the En passant rule was introduced in 1490 to prevent pawns from having too much power or freedom.

En passant captures are use in chess composition. Many Retrograde analysis problems utilize this fancy captures.
Black could only have moved c7-c5 last move, allowing 1.bxc6 e.p.#


  • 3 months ago · Quote · #1


    Ummmmmm...... i am very confused

    i thought en passant was very different than this 

    i am still soooooo confused

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #2


    It's fine - the diagrams in this edit are completely inaccurate. I don't know what has happened with it.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3


    @TC we had some issues with this... can you PM me whats wrong so I can correct? Thanks

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #4


    PM sent...

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #5


    No wonder I keep winning on one move! I en passant the king, that must be why chess is so easy

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #6


    The article is ok. The diagrams don't add much in clarity though. 

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #7


    hall of fame fail here. love it, makes me feel better about myself.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #8


    TC2304 wrote:

    PM sent...

    never got one... email me please?



  • 3 months ago · Quote · #9


    Seems to have worked this time; just checked my "sent" items. I've had the same problem with messaging a staff member before, and was quite confused when I didn't get a reply :)

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #10


    Well, you learn something new everyday

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #11


    Why do you keep deleting my comments ChessKingT?

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #12


  • 2 months ago · Quote · #13


    macer75 wrote:

    Why do you keep deleting my comments ChessKingT?

    I'm not...

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #14


    Why it doesn't work on this chess platform?

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #15


    This is true info!

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #16


    ChessKingT wrote:
    macer75 wrote:

    Why do you keep deleting my comments ChessKingT?

    I'm not...

    Oh... then it must have been someone else. My apologies.

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #17


    Also, please don't change this page chess.com! The original was one of the funniest things I've seen on this site. Please keep it!

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #18


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