Talk:King (chess)

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king move[edit]

Can the King move two spaces vertically or horizonally when not in check?

The only time the king can move anything other than one sqaure at a time is as part of castling. --Camembert
A king may not castle to get out of check, and a king may not cross a threatened square to castle. Paul Murray (talk) 03:44, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

When in check...[edit]

Can the king capture when in check? Like if the queen is right next to the king, can he capture the queen? yes he can--tswei

Yes, the king can capture when in check (assuming, of course, that the piece being captured is not protected). --Camembert

If the King is in check...[edit]

If the King is in check, the player can only do three things: block the check, capture the piece that is giving the check, or move the King. If he can do none of these three things, the King is checkmated and the game is over.

move the king to a square that is not itself threatened. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Paul Murray (talkcontribs) 03:46, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

You know if the King is in check if an enemy piece is is a position that would capture him.However, since the King cannot be captured, he is thus in "check." Dragon Expert 17:34, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

Can king attack king????

King can attack king or any piece assuming that it isn't in any danger or mortal threat.

The king cannot actually attack another king, since the other king would have to move into a position of check to make it possible, and that is not permitted. Another mutant 03:06, 2 December 2006 (UTC)


In the endgame thr king is a very inportant pieceTswei 12:51, 29 June 2007 (UTC) tswei


A new tag says "its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations". It does have two in-text citations in the last section. Bubba73 (talk), 01:06, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Is the King really the "weakest" piece?[edit]

"Although the king is the most important piece, it is usually the weakest piece in the game until a later phase, the endgame."

What exactly is meant by "weak" in this sentence? I always thought of the king as far more powerful than the pawn. (talk) 11:46, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

That is probably using "piece" in the sense of not a pawn. Early on it isn't too powerful, but that increases in the endgame. It is extremely powerful when there are only kings and pawns left. It may be stronger than knights and bishops in the endgame, see chess piece relative value. Of course, it can be balanced by the other king, depending on the position. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 13:53, 17 March 2013 (UTC)