The queen in chess is the most dangerous piece, whose strength is equal to nine pawns. Modern theory attributes it to “heavy pieces” (the second of which is the boat). The appearance of the queen in traditional chess is similar to that of the king, but the king is higher and is marked with a cross in the upper part of the piece (the queen has a small ball instead).
Queens on a chessboard
Each player at the beginning of the game has one queen. Together with the king, queens occupy two central cells on the first and eighth horizontals. Remembering how they are located relative to each other is quite simple. The fields (for black it is d8, and for white it is d1), on which queens are placed, before the start of the game have the same color as the pieces themselves. It is easy for beginner chess players to remember this rule using the rule “the queen loves her color”.
How the queen walks
The queen is able to make moves both vertically and horizontally, and in diagonal directions. Continue reading