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.#

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  • 3 months ago · Quote · #1

    smad0401

    Ummmmmm...... i am very confused

    i thought en passant was very different than this 

    i am still soooooo confused

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #2

    TC2304

    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

    ChessKingT

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

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #4

    TC2304

    PM sent...

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #5

    Joseph_Truelson

    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

    solskytz

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

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #7

    We_Rare

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

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #8

    ChessKingT

    TC2304 wrote:

    PM sent...

    never got one... email me please?

     

    tyler@chess.com

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #9

    TC2304

    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

    Zeyu

    Well, you learn something new everyday

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #11

    macer75

    Why do you keep deleting my comments ChessKingT?

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #12

    Babybanana

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  • 2 months ago · Quote · #13

    ChessKingT

    macer75 wrote:

    Why do you keep deleting my comments ChessKingT?

    I'm not...

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #14

    Aurelianxx

    Why it doesn't work on this chess platform?

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #15

    thawesomness

    This is true info!

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #16

    macer75

    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

    macer75

    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

    asura5

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