(It has been 6 months since I posted the last chess lesson by Lee Duigon, so here’s Lesson Three, the first chess lesson I will share in 2020!)
Lesson 3 – Moving the Pawns ♟
You start with 8 Pawns lined up on the 2nd rank, in front of your pieces. Individually expendable, Pawns are nevertheless important. Beginners often don’t realize that, because it takes experience to get good use out of them. But before that, the moves.
On its first move, and only then, a Pawn may be moved either one square forward or two squares forward. All other moves are either one square straight ahead–or one square diagonally, when making a capture.
In chess, all captures are made by moving one of your men onto a square occupied by an opponent’s man, who is then removed from the game. When a capture is made, the capturing man’s move ends.
So a Pawn cannot advance if there is another chessman directly in front of it.
If a Pawn is moved all the way to the opposite end of the board, it is cashed in for a Piece of higher value. Usually that’s a Queen; occasionally, a Knight.
During the course of the game, Pawns are valuable mostly in a defensive role.
Only the Pawn can never move backwards. Remember that when you decide to move a Pawn: it can’t retreat.
The next lesson will deal with some finer points about Pawns.
Feel free to ask any questions! I’ve never done this on line before, so I may sometimes leave out something.
– By Lee Duigon, October 26th, 2018 (Posted with permission)
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