The King is often called the “most important piece” in chess, but there’s one piece everyone might be overlooking. It’s the lowly pawn, which French grandmaster François-André Philidor described as the “soul of chess.” And pawn-love is everywhere in The Queen’s Gambit. To celebrate International Chess Day, we found out why the ultimate underdog piece matters a lot to the game of chess — and why it matters to the ultimate underdog story, The Queen’s Gambit.
CORRECTION: A chart at 1:01 erroneously swapped the bishop and the rook. The rook should be worth 5 points, and the bishop worth 3.
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