How The King Moves
[Noyes,Bill]



1.Ke2
Let's see how the king moves. The king moves one square at a time....

1...Kf8
...but unlike pawns, the king can move in any direction.

2.Kd2
It can move sideways....

2...Ke7
Diagonally....

3.Kc1
Backwards diagonally....

3...Ke8
Or straight back....one square at a time.

4.Kb2 Kf7 5.Kc2
Any direction...one square at a time....

5...Ke7 6.Kc3 Ke6 7.Kb4 Kf6
Now we'll see how kings capture...

8.Kxa4
Unlike pawns, which can only capture diagonally while moving forward, the king can capture in ANY direction, just as it can move in any direction.

8...Kxg5
This makes the king more powerful than a pawn.

9.Kb5 Kf4 10.Kc4 Ke5 11.Kc5
But you can't have two kings sitting on squares next to each other, as then one king could capture the other one, and that's not allowed.

11...Ke4 12.Kc4
By the way, if you get a position like this where's there's only two kings left and everything else has been swept off the board, the game is considered a draw (meaning a tie -- no one wins, but no one loses, either). 1/2-1/2