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Originally called mantri (a minister or counselor), it could only move to one adjacent diagonal square.  When chess came to Europe, the Queen could leap three squares.  By 1475 the Queen obtained its present power of moving along the ranks and files or diagonals. When the queen is on a clear board, at the fields d4/d5/e4/e5 the queen can move up to 27 squares. Early rules in some countries did not allow a promotion of a pawn to a second queen on the board because that was thought of as promoting bigamy or adultery, and not allowed.

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