Allowable Queen Maneuvers in Chess

The queen is the most powerful piece in chess and the second most important next to the king. It can go any direction and easily defeat any piece but it also has certain limitations. Here are some rules for queens.

Queens cannot jump over or bypass pieces in its path, both ally and enemy pieces, not even mere pawns. When in the center of the chess board it can occupy 27 squares as long as its paths remain unobstructed. However, when surrounded by pieces queens are restricted in movement. They can even be trapped. Queens also cannot do "L" shaped knight movements and can never share castling prerogatives with rooks as kings do.

Nevertheless, queens can go any direction and cover any number of consecutive free squares in its path. They can easily escape checks against them and even thwart the offenses of lesser pieces. They're the best defenders of their kings.

Initially, they stand in formation right beside their kings on one side and a bishop on another. In algebraic coordinates on the chess board the white queen stands on D-1 and the black queen on D-8 at the start of a game. Before a queen can be released out of formation several pieces, like pawns, should be cleared out of its way. Queens can never comprise the first move in a game, unlike pawns and knights. But once cleared in its path, it can bounce off to enemy territory in one move.

Queens combine the moves of the rook and bishop. Their checking strategies are similar with those of rooks and bishops. The difference is that with queens we have rook and bishop powers rolled in one chess piece. Being thus, queens are excellent both in defense and offense purposes. They can lead assault teams in enemy territory or stay with the king to form solid defenses.

In strategy value a queen is equal to a rook and two bishops (it can go diagonally on both white and black squares). Hence, at the later phase of the game queens become more deadly for checkmating the enemy king. Often, during pawn conversion or graduation, the first choice is a queen. The ruling in pawn conversion is that graduating pawns are exchangeable to queen or any major piece except a king.

Chess rules for queens establish the power queens have and maneuvers they can and cannot do. They have both limitations and unusual abilities that make them the most powerful and coveted pieces in chess.