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Capturing pieces is the simplest and most common way to take the upper hand in a chess game. In your first games, capturing pieces will mainly depend on your opportunism: if one of the opposing pieces stands on the chessboard, ready to be taken, taking this piece should be your top candidate move.

In this chapter, you are going to exercise your capturing skills and see which pieces can capture or be captured.

Be sure to check how the pawn captures enemy pieces if the reply to that quiz was unclear to you.

The situation is indeed slightly different for black. Let’s have a look at the squares controlled by each piece (I will highlight them) and see if they can capture something.

Now another example.

Let’s see which pieces can be captured.

Let’s see what black can capture.

More about protection in the dedicated chapter Protecting pieces in Chess.

This is the end of this article dedicated to captures. You are now ready to go to the next article: Threats.

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