A Pawn can capture anytime

by Bruce Johnson

Can the first move of a pawn be a diagonal capture or does it need move forward one or two spaces before capturing?
Hi Bruce,
a pawn can capture anytime no matter if it sits still on its original square or not.

See position below where Black will promote a pawn into a queen. For that a black pawn must reach the last rank. To achieve this Black will sacrifice his g-pawn to free the way for his e-pawn.

Black moves
pawn capturehow a pawn captures
Black plays 1...g3 and attacks the white f-pawn on its original square. The white f-pawn has never moved before.

pawn capturehow a pawn captures
The f-pawn will capture 2.fxg (or the black pawn will move ahead and promote) and after that Black can move his e-pawn forward playing 2...e3. The white king cannot catch the black e-pawn anymore.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to How to play Chess.

Privacy Policy   About Me/Disclosure  Contact Me
Disclaimer  Donate    Search my Site  Subscribe
© 2008- www.Expert-Chess-Strategies.com

Chess Courses and Packages of Grandmaster Smirnov!

These Video Courses of condensed Chess Knowledge will quickly turn a weak Player into an Expert!

Beginner Package
(3 in 1)
Quick Jump Package gives you a solid foundation.
You save $50.-

Get Beginners Package

Learning Openings? Get Help from a Grandmaster!

NEW! Get E-Books about Chess

Get an Electronic Chess Board