1 King

1.1 Tutorial

The king can only move one square at a time, but in any direction. The king cannot move to a square where it can be captured. If the square is occupied by an opponent piece it can be captured and will be removed of the board.
The king is easy to recognise: it is the tallest piece in your army and always has a cross on the top of its crown. The whole game of chess revolves around the struggle to corner andattack the king so that it is unable to escape – that’s called checkmate – and checkmate ends the game.

The king, therefore, is the most important pieceon the board, and you should aim to keep itas secure as possible. The best policy is to surround your king with a defensive shield of pawns and pieces. If you leave the king without adequate protection it can easily come under a dangerous attack by the opposing army.

Be aware that the king, compared to most other pieces, has limited mobility, so cannot move out of danger very quickly.

1.2 Exercises

Ziehen Sie direkt auf dem Brett, um einen Lösungszug einzugeben. Entweder drücken Sie nacheinander auf Start- und Zielfeld. Oder Sie drücken auf die Figur, halten Sie fest, ziehen Sie aufs Zielfeld und lassen Sie dort los. Mit dem Schalter 'Pfeil links' nehmen Sie Züge zurück.
Nochmal von vorne
There is also one special move (actually a leap) that the king can make just once in the game, called castling. This is explained in a later chapter. This is a very useful move that can bring the king to safety at the start of the game.
The king is the most important piece on the board. With castling he can be brought to safety quickly. In the Endgame he gets powerful and can capture pawns.