Chess Pieces: What They Look Like

The Chess Board Is Ready

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Seeing images of chess pieces makes it easier to understand the role of each chess piece during game play. A game of strategy, chess players maneuver their game pieces around the board to capture their opponents's king.

King

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The king is the most important chess piece on the board and can move in any direction but only one square at a time.

Queen

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The most powerful of all the chess pieces, the queen can move in any direction (vertically, horizontally and diagonally).

Bishop

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The bishop moves diagonally for any amount of squares as long as there is no other chess piece blocking its path.

Rook

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The rook can move vertically or horizontally for any amount of squares as long as the path of the chess piece is being watched.

Knight

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The knight moves in an L-shaped pattern. It is the only chess piece that can jump other pieces.

Pawn

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The pawn, also referred to as the foot soldier, can only move one or two spaces at a time.

The King Is Surrounded

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The black king is surrounded by white chess pieces.

Images of Chess Pieces: Checkmate

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The white king is defeated by being checkmated. He is not able to move in any direction. Read more chess rules for more information about playing the game.

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