You've probably already figured out how the Queen moves if you've been going through this series. If not, now that we're done with the Rook moves
, it's time to deal with the Queen. Her powers are a combination of two other pieces.
The Queen is the strongest piece in the chess army. She must be protected in the early stages of the game. It is generally not a good idea to bring the Queen beyond the third or even second rank during the opening.
First let's just see where the Queen sets up at the start of the game. There is an old saying to remember, Queen on her color
Queen Moves: The Queen enjoys the combined powers of the Rook and the Bishop
As I said earlier, the Queen enjoys a combination of the power of two other chess pieces. Those two pieces are the Rook and the Bishop. This means she has unlimited freedom of movement along diagonals, ranks and files.
This ability to move diagonally and orthogonally (straight) excepting blockades gives the Queen unrivalled mobility. She cannot however move like the Knight. That would have made her even more deadly!
Even so when positioned in one of the four center squares where she has maximum mobility, she actually controls nearly half the board! This is phenomenal power.
It's easy to sum up the Queen's move then. She has the Bishop's move and the Rook's move. But not the Knight's move. She can get around the board like lightning. This makes it possible for a Queen to take on attacking and defending duties at the same time. Play through the Queen tutorial
Remember not to advance the Queen in the opening. There are too many dangers lurking early in the game. Wait for things to open up first. Introduce the Queen to the fight at the right moment. One day your handling of this piece may be so great that you will perform a Queen sacrifice
Just one piece left to discuss then. Certainly not the most mobile, but for all of that the most important none the less. This piece is the one that the entire game centers around. You must capture this piece to win and you dare not lose your own. He is of course the King