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Chess is a very diverse game, it’s not just made up of some simple left, right moves, and there are some special moves also. To make it easier for kids to learn how to play chess let me explain one of these special chess moves called the pawn promotion in simple words.
First off what does promotion simply mean? It’s a reward for you doing a good job. For example in school when you do in good your exams and you get good grades you get promoted to the next grade. Similarly in chess when you play a good move you get a reward.
Let’s do this chess lesson by an example from the video.
As the name suggests pawn promotion is a reward for the pawn only. The pawn will get this reward if it is able to march throughout the board, through the enemy’s territory and get to the other side of the board.
The reward for a pawn in this situation here is that when it reaches to the other side of the board successfully he now has a choice to turn itself to a stronger piece, either a knight, a bishop, a rook or a queen. The pawn cannot remain a pawn and it cannot turn to the king because there can only be one leader.
Now very rarely you will change into a rook or a bishop, mostly the pawn turns to a queen because the queen is the strongest of all pieces. However, if you change to a bishop, a knight or a rook it is called as under promotion. One thing to be noted here is that even if you already have a queen on your board does that mean that you cannot change your pawn to another queen? No that is not true, you can actually change the pawn to a second queen, and it won’t matter. That is why an additional queen is given with the chess set.
On changing the new queen will be placed at the exact square of where the pawn was. So that’s all you need to know about pawn promotion. Practice it on board and soon you would become the champion of pawn promotions.
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