The King

King crown turning in a circle

The King


Ah, the king in chess - the most important piece on the board and the one you definitely don't want to lose. After all, it's the king's job to stay alive and avoid being captured by your opponent. So, let's take a look at this regal piece and all its glory.

First things first, let's talk about the king's move. The king is a bit of a slow mover, only able to move one square at a time in any direction. But, don't let its lack of speed fool you - the king is the most powerful piece on the board.

One of the most important aspects of the king's role in chess is his ability to castle. Castling is when the king moves two squares towards a rook, and the rook moves to the square over which the king crossed. This move is crucial for getting your king to safety and your rook into play. It's like a king and rook exchange program!

But, the king's safety is not only dependent on castling. You must also keep your king protected by surrounding it with other pieces. It's like the king is the VIP and the other pieces are the bodyguards. The more bodyguards you have, the safer your VIP will be.

Another important thing to note about the king is that it cannot move into check. Check is when your opponent's piece threatens to capture your king. If your king is in check, you must get it out of harm's way on your next move. Think of it like the king is being chased by a lion and needs to run away before it becomes dinner.

Now, for beginners, the king can seem like a bit of a daunting piece. But, don't worry, with practice, you'll become a pro at protecting your king and using it to your advantage. Just remember, keep your king safe, use it wisely, and always have fun!


So, there you have it, a brief overview of the king in chess. Now go forth and conquer the board with your regal highness!

  • The King: (Below is your repetition audio file)

  • Focus on the opponent's king.

  • Do open blocks surround King(Coloured squares around a King)?

  • Move your king to a safe square.

  • Use the king in the end game.