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Unlike other pieces in Chess, a pawn moves differently when capturing an opposing piece than it does when moving without capture.

A pawn that advances all the way to its eighth rank (the opposing player's first rank) is promoted to a queen, rook, bishop, or knight as the player chooses (the other pieces already on the board make no difference; a player is entitled to have several queens, for example, if he promotes several pawns). This promotion occurs immediately upon the pawn's advancement, before the opposing player's next move (if the new piece, for example, checkmates the opposing player, the game is won).

Pawns are the weakest and most numerous of the chess pieces, but still play an important part in the game. They represent infantry, or more particularly pikemen?.

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Last edited March 10, 2001 4:18 am by LeeDanielCrocker (diff)