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This is David from Chess NYC, here is the king. The King is a very simple but important piece. He moves 1 square in any direction, however, the king, because he’s the most important piece, always has to stay safe. So let’s say black has a rook here, on H4, the king cannot move to any square in line with the rook because then he would be in danger of the rook capturing the king. This is called moving into check.

If a piece attacks the king, he’s in check and has to get out check. The king is not allowed to voluntarily move into check. If, for instance, black had a rook here, and the queen here, this rook on B1 confines the white king, he cannot move out here because he’d be under attack from the rook. So let’s say he makes 1 of his moves, he can either go down 1 square or up 1 square, then black could bring the queen over here to A2, checkmating the white king, the queen is attacking the king. check, the king can’t go more than 1 square at a time, so he can’t go 4 squares at a time, capturing the queen, there’s nobody that can block this attack, if let’s say white had a rook, he can bring the rook over to block the queen’s attack on the king but he has no rook. If he tries running out here, to the B5, he’ll be under attack from this rook, so he can’t go out here. Game over, check mate.

Most important thing in chess, keep your king safe.


  1. Extra rule
    King and rook can castle with the only exception for the.king to move two squares bringing the rook Into the better position
    Both king and rook move two squares switching sides
    But extra rules for castling
    1. King cannot be in check
    2. King or rook cannot of move since start of game.
    3 king's new square cannot be threatened be opponents piece or moving into check

  2. man all this time ppl kept telling me the queen was the most important piece…smh cuz it could move where ever it wants :c

  3. there is no black king that means black loses

  4. Can a king take a piece as long as it's not putting its self in check or checkmate?

  5. Stalemate? Capturing? Castling? Opposition? You miss out almost everything

  6. when king and king last player how to do???

  7. Question if my king is standing next to queenwith my pawn blocking queen attack and I move my p forward and opposition without saying check cuts the king is it fair

  8. Please tell me single king play in ches

  9. But in real life king merge it you can never capture king steps it's a big play ground …

  10. This is not right. Black dosent have a king. U can't play the game without a king, dosent matter if u are showing examples of the game like queen and rook

  11. This man explains the best…..😋😋😋😎

  12. However, rooks are confined to the ranks and files

  13. How To use King:
    1. Castle
    2. Stay there unless you’re checked and are forced to move

  14. Can u check another king with your king? Next to each other

  15. Can a king move in all angles when attacking ?

  16. king = most important piece
    queen = most powerful piece

  17. Your fingers are like girl you are a girl huhhhh


  19. If the King does not lead, how can he expect his subordinates to follow

  20. I thought lelouch would be explaining 😢😢

  21. When a game is won is the loser required to lay down his king?

    Thank you for this discussion ma’am😇. I’ve learned a lot.

  23. The main reason why king only move 1step. Because King only move bila nak pergi toilet dengan pergi kerja.

  24. In my opinion chess should have been like this: Your king can be captured but when he is you do not loose, players can only loose when they have 0 pieces. What happens then when king is checkmated/captured early? All pawns are gone with him, so that gives incentive to not just mindlessly sacrifice him untill you have no pawns left or only like 1-2. But whatever im only casual player in 1400-1500 range.

  25. You don’t, you don’t make prince Harry or Meghan into our new kings or queens, you don’t make make prince Andrew a royal family member, you throw him into the slammer, you don’t get to have professional royal guards, someday they’ll aim their guns at your children warning them to not touch the queen agate to her palace, you ask the queen herself, Elizabeth the second to have a picture without her crown on, she’ll say party’s over people, thanks to Mr. Photographer, you don’t try to find the playboy mansion in the UK, the7 have a different name for it, it’s called a Fake Taxi where middle aged men have finger sized cameras in the back so that the girls flashing don’t see it almost at all, you don’t get to go to Cambridge unless you are a British person who’s parents own some companies or else they’ll tell you that in America you can get your kids into special Ed schools, you don’t say words they say like them unless you want to look like Nicolas cage in national treasure 2, you won’t find Hogwarts, you’ll find warehouses that have signs on them stating the stuff in these things are just life sized things made to look like walls for green screen sets where over the top of your head there will be a a microphone on a stick and next to the director would be an auto tuning music tracks crew with high end computers.

  26. Thank you for explaining not putting the king into check and the context explanation of what checkmate is. I've been reading chess for dummies and it says when the king can be attacked that is check and when the king cannot move to any spot where it can't be attacked, that is checkmate. I also read that the king cannot be moved into check and none of that made sense until I watched this. Thanks again

  27. He should have bullet proof vest 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🙄🙄🙄

  28. Oh hey hey! 🇺🇸🇺🇳✌️💋💋

  29. Thanks so much bro its very helpful ❤❤❤

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