Chess Tips: How to Make The Most of The Queen's Position

bsmath By bsmath, 17th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This article explains how to use the queen in chess to the best advantage. It includes
how to achieve a stalemate and sacrifice the queen to win a game.

Chess Tips: How to Make The Most of The Queen's Position

The queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard. It moves either diagonally like the bishop or horizontally like the rook. The queen should usually not be moved early in the game. Sometimes the queen can be moved to queen 2, king 2, or queen bishop 2 early in the opening. One opening that has many lines where the queen moves to queen bishop 2 is the Nimzoindian Defence, a very popular defence. The attacking lines in the King's Gambit Accepted have lines where the queen moves early in the game (the first 10 moves) on the white side. After the opening and after castling, the queen is most powerful on the king 5 and queen 5 squares unless it can be attacked by theopponents knight or driven off by a bishop. It is usually best not to move the queen until it is needed for attack or defense.

A stalemate with the queen holding in the opponent's lone king has ruined many beginner's games when it is a queen against their opponent's king. An example is the king on rook 8 and queen on bishop 7 is a stalemate or draw. Another thing to of course watch out for in such an ending is moving the queen where the opponent's king can take it. It can easily happen. The checkmate is achieved by using the king and queen together and forcing the opponent's king to the back rank and checkmating it with either the opposition with the queen in between or opposition and queen on the back rank at least one square away from the opponent's king. If the opponent's king is on one of the corner squares (king rook 1, queen rook 1, king rook 8, queen rook 8) and the king is in opposition (king bishop 1, queen bishop 1, king bishop 8, queen bishop 8 respectively), then be sure the queen is not on the second rank for the first two and seventh rank for the last two because it will be stalemate and therefore a draw in a otherwise won queen versus king endgame.

When queening a pawn, sometimes the opponent's king can be checked at the same time and fork one of his pieces. This will win the game if it is the only piece the opponent has. If a pawn about to queen on the seventh rank is on the diagonal that the opponent's king and the player's queen are, then it will capture the pawn and win an otherwise drawn game.

The queen is very useful as an attacking piece. It can checkmate a king with one other minor piece in many positions. The sacrificing of a queen has won many games. It is hard for the opponent to see. It has won many brilliancy prizes.


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author avatar EasyWriter
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Great chess tip.

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