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Chess: The Queen

October 21st, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Queen.  God save it, I guess.

Chess Queen


The queen is worth a whopping nine points and the most powerful piece on the board, however not the most important which is a valid distinction. That honor belongs to the king, which I covered in a previous blog. You can lose your queen and still win, but not your king. The king is the man, the boss, the big cheese, the head honcho, the big kahuna, the king of queens…you get the idea.

King of Queens

See what I did there?

Okay, I promise, no more bad king references.

The queen can move as many spaces as she wants in any direction, however she cannot jump over another piece. She can capture a piece that lies in her path, just look before you leap. It’s easy to be overconfident and lose your queen because of a silly mistake.


Expect a lot of “ah crap” mistake moments in your first five hundred games.

Many argue over how soon you should deploy such a powerful weapon of mass destruction. Some claim you should bring her out early and dominate the board, others prefer to bring her out mid-game so as not to put her in danger straight away. Personally, if you know what you’re doing, go with your gut and temper it with logic. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you may want to play conservatively until you’re comfortable wielding that kind of force openly.

Sarah Kerrigan

Unless your queen is Sarah Kerrigan, you should probably forego a Zerg rush and play with care.

Keep in mind, there’s no set way to play the queen, but remember that because she is the most powerful piece she will be under constant attack from lesser pieces if you let it happen. As long as you remember to keep both eyes open and keep her out of danger, she’ll serve you well.

Thanks for tuning in, until next time!

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