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can a king capture an adjacent threatening piece to eliminate a check

heartsounds

If an opposing piece (ie: Queen) places my king in check with their piece beside my king, can my king capture that piece to prevent the check.

heartsounds

I have been learning by playing 'Spark Chess' on line..and anytime my king is being checked by the opposition placing their piece beside my King, can my king capture that threatening piece?

lildasx

yes, unless that piece is protected

heartsounds

'unless that piece is protected'....does that mean I can capture the adjacent threatening piece, as long as another opponent's piece is protecting the threatening piece and could place my king back into check?

lildasx
In this position, the rook is protected, so you can't take it
Here, the rook isn't protected, so you can take it.

 

barondali
heartsounds wrote:

'unless that piece is protected'....does that mean I can capture the adjacent threatening piece, as long as another opponent's piece is protecting the threatening piece and could place my king back into check?

Forgive me if I misunderstand you, but I believe this is the answer to your question...

In this case, you can capture the rook to put your king out of check, because doing so escapes the check and puts you on an unprotected square:

But in this one, you can't, as the piece is protected by the bishop, and capturing the rook would put your king in a second check:

 

barondali
barondali wrote:
heartsounds wrote:

'unless that piece is protected'....does that mean I can capture the adjacent threatening piece, as long as another opponent's piece is protecting the threatening piece and could place my king back into check?

Forgive me if I misunderstand you, but I believe this is the answer to your question...

In this case, you can capture the rook to put your king out of check, because doing so escapes the check and puts you on an unprotected square:

But in this one, you can't, as the piece is protected by the bishop, and capturing the rook would put your king in a second check:

 

Oops, it looks like @lidasx beat me to it happy.png Anyways, I hope that helps.

heartsounds

thank you to both of you for your responses.  Great help.  Much appreciated.