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Dear people who play chess,

Dear people who play chess,

Every once in a while I am inspired to play a game of chess on my computer. This particular occurrence happened while watching an episode of True Life on TV about young geniuses. One of them was a super important chess guy. There are two things you should probably know about me before I go on. One is that I have no idea how to play chess. I kind of know the basic movements on the pieces, but that is about it. Two, is that my favorite piece to move around is the horsey and I get sad and don’t care anymore once my horseys are gone. But that doesn’t really have anything to do with the question at hand. You see, in order to play chess I play the game that came on my computer that tells me where I can move. This comes in handy because I often forget. But today it presented me with something interesting…

It was my move. I am the white one. I wanted to move one of the little white stumpy ones forward. I know that little stumpy ones can only move forward by one (two on their first try) or diagonal one when there is something there to eat.

Computer chess game

So I clicked on the piece intending to move it forward by one. The computer presented me with this though, showing that I could either move forward one OR I could move diagonally to this empty spot.

Computer Chess Game

Ummm…OK, so I moved it diagonal and the black little stumpy piece was eaten.

Computer chess game

So, my question to anyone out there who plays chess is this: WTF? Is that a real move for some reason or is my chess game just broken?

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  • Sid
    December 19, 2008 at 12:07 am

    that’s called en passant
    the idea is if the pawn next to your pawn moved 2 to get there and as a result skipped over where you could have taken it, you can still take it.

  • val
    December 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    yeah, yeah, i died a few moves later.
    i told you i know nothing about chess.

  • Brian
    December 19, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Yes, “en passant” should mean something like to kill the pawn “in passing”. It is a move only available to your piece immediately after your opponent’s pawn has moved 2 spaces, and won’t be available on later turns(for eating that one peice).

  • Brian
    December 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Also, black seems to be arranging the board such that no matter where you move your queen, she will be eaten. Likely the white pawn you just moved will get eaten by the far left pawn, thus moving it out of the way of the black rook in the corner. Now you cannot move your queen safely without moving other pawns first, which can endanger your king.

  • heather
    December 19, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    fyi, i would have been no help to you. i play chess like you. Except i never move the horsies because the L is really hard for me to see. What i do like to do is move the bishops because they look like they’re sneering at me.

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