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What are some names of chess pieces and how can you move them?

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Each chess player starts with 16 total pieces consisting of two rooks, two knights, two bishops, one queen, and one king, all lined up on the row closest to the player, in addition to eight pawns in the next row. Each chess piece moves differently.

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What are some names of chess pieces and how can you move them?
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The king can move only one space in any direction. The queen can move any number of spaces in any direction. The knight moves in the shape of an L, meaning it can move two spaces in any straight direction, and then one space to the left or right. The bishop can move any number of spaces, but only diagonally. The rook can move any number of spaces, but only in straight lines.

Pawns can only move forward, but their function changes when they encounter other pawns. To take another piece from the opposing player, pawns must move diagonally. If two pawns from opposing sides come face to face with each other, they are stuck that way, unless either of them is captured by another piece. In addition, pawns have the option to move two spaces forward for their first move, despite only being able to advance forward one space for the rest of the game.

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