In this post we continue to learn more about Chess – a fantastic game that can be played by all ages! Previously we looked at the moves of the Pawns, Rooks and Knights. In this post we are looking specifically at the moves of the Bishop, Kings and Queens.
The Bishop sits next to the King and Queen on the back row of the Chess Board. It can move in diagonal moves in unlimited space increments. One of the bishops, the bishop by the King sits on the same color of your chess pieces. The Queen side bishop sits on the opposite color as your chess pieces. (IE if you are playing with the white chess pieces, then your king side bishop is on the white squares and your queen side bishop is on the black squares). Having a bishop on both white and black squares allows you to attack diagonally pieces on black or white squares.
The King is the ruler of the Kingdon. When the King falls, the game is over! Typically, the King moves with defense as its motive, however it can still take pieces if the opportunity presents it self. The King can move in one space in any direction. The only exception to this rule is in Castling.
Castling is a special move made with the Rook. To castle the king moves two squares toward one of its rooks and then the rook is placed on the square over which the king crossed. Castling is allowed only when neither the king nor the castling rook has previously moved, when no squares between them are occupied, when the king is not in check, and when the king will not move across or end its movement on a square that is under enemy attack.
The queen always start right beside the king. She is protected at the onset of a game by pawns. The Queen is the most versatile piece on the board, and is viewed by many as the most valuable. The queen can mimic the moves of any piece on the board with the exception of the knight. (In Russia a Queen is often allowed to move like a knight, although this is falling out of favor). The queen is very resourceful, valuable, and hard to plan for – so beware!