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How Chess Pieces Move

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the king can move one square in any

direction the King cannot move to a

square where an opposing piece can

capture it the Queen can move back and

forth sideways and diagonally in any

direction the rook can move back and

forth in sideways but not diagonally

each Bishop can only move diagonally and

only on one color the knight moves in an

L pattern one space then two or two

spaces then one in any direction the

knight is the only piece that can move

through another piece

a pond moves only forward one space

except on the first move when it can go

one or two spaces ponds capture

diagonally if a pond moves two spaces to

avoid capture by another pond the other

pond can take the first one as if it

only moved one space this is called on

peasant French for in passing if neither