Chess Lesson # 6: Special moves: promotion, castling, and en passant | How to play Chess correctly

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Continue learning the basics of Chess with National Master Robert Ramirez. In this video you will learn special moves in Chess: castling, en passant and pawn promotion. These rules are a must in order to make progress in the journey of Chess

Promotion: every pawn has the privilege to turn into a better piece once they get to the other side of the board. At that point, the pawn could become into a Bishop, Knight, Rook or Queen.

Castling: is a special move we do to put our king in safety. For this move, we use the King and one of the rooks.

En passant: is a special move in Chess where pawns are allowed to capture any of your enemy’s pawns that jumps two steps and lands next to your pawn.

Check is when one of the kings is in danger. If a piece is attacking its opponent’s king, then that king is in check. It is customary to say “check out loud” to indicate your opponent’s king is in trouble.

Checkmate is when a king is in check and it cannot escape it. In this case, the game is over and the player who delivered checkmate is the winner.

*Kings cannot put themselves in check.

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Chess is an intellectual battle where players are exposed to numerous mental processes such as analysis, attention to detail, synthesis, concentration, planning and foresight. Psychological factors are also present on and off the board; playing Chess stimulates our imagination and creativity. Every single move a player makes is the result of a deep analysis based on the elements presented on the battle field.

Chess in its essence teaches us psychological, sociological and even moral values. In a Chess game, both players start with the same amount of material and time. The fact that the white pieces move first is considered to be practically irrelevant —especially because a player typically plays one game as white and one game as black. Consequently, the final result of the battle solely depends on each player. It doesn’t matter if you win by taking advantage of your opponent’s mistakes or by simply avoiding mistakes yourself. Truth is that Chess is an extremely individual sport and our defeats can only be blamed on ourselves and no one else. And this, in the end, only benefits us because we learn to be and feel responsible for our actions and never come up with excuses to justify ourselves.

We also learn that when it comes to our victories on the board, our opponent’s mistakes play a more significant role than our own skills. Let’s not forget that a Chess game without any mistakes would be a draw. This way, Chess provides us with another valuable life lesson: be humble at all times.

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With an outstanding background as a professional Chess player and over 8 years of teaching experience, Robert Ramirez brings both his passion and his expertise to the board, helping you believe & achieve!

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  1. I have a question, Can we castle if rook is being threatened by opponent's pieces?

  2. I already know about promotion and castling but I came here to know about En Passant… This video was so useful Mr. Robert.. thank u Soo much for your gratest effect to teach us

  3. Can we castle on the queen side, if b1 box is under threat?

  4. If I have two queens ( one by promotion) then who will represent my 2nd queen?

  5. I didn't know castling had all these rules.
    En passant on 5th rank. got it!

  6. Hello sir, please let me know any software for teaching online chess where I can put selected pieces on the board. Please.

  7. 1:37 "A privilege that pawns have", (to be promoted if they reach the other side of the board.). I really hate that term today, (and "selfish"), as it is used against anybody, (especially white), if we make a living in what is left of our free enterprise system, (that free people created). Who, what authority, what dictator made them privileged?
    Nobody gave them that privilege, (in fact, they are sabotaged). In the free market and on the chess board,—us pawns "EARNED" that promotion.—fair and square!!!!!!
    Nothing else ever advanced mankind nearly as well as the individual with a brain, freedom, and their free enterprise system. Those are the people called selfish and privileged, by the enemies of individual liberty, (which is color and sex blind), and the enemies of the free enterprise system that free people created, by the opposite of that philosophy of human life,—-by communism.

  8. I put the en passant move on a pawn for the first time against my computer yesterday. It still took me to school though. 🙁

  9. Wow, I just scrolled down all the sequential vids you have here. this is #6, and there are 100 of them.
    There is more study here than in my engineering degrees. It should keep be busy for a while. 🙂
    That is a lot of work you did sir. You must be retired because I am going to miss some work watching them for sure.

  10. I hate the YT ads. The best "promotion" is getting sponsors you like, hopefully from the industry, and not get one dirty dime from YT.
    The free enterprise system is faltering because most people in business today, have a ill gotten business philosophy, (anytime state control is involved/preferred.). Let them go hungry. I will never do business with a company with a YT ad. If we only do business with good people, we will only have good business. YT are not good people. They have a carrot in one hand, and a cage in the other.

  11. I never remember en passant in game😅😅

  12. Can I do En Passant anywhere on the board, even if I got in the position of En Passant (pawns next to each other) by moving one square at a time?

  13. On to your 6th lesson video. Absolutley excellent teacher. The best chess teacher on youtube. Thank you and looking forward to progressing with my chess education with your wonderful videos.

  14. Great lesson sir!
    I had a question..can we castle if our king has previously been in check but is not in check now

  15. Very awesome i know about castling and promotion and en Passant but i watch the videos again!😂

  16. if my king gets a check n i block it am i allowed to casle after that ?

  17. en passant was completely new to me never heard of it while playing in real

  18. At 7:27 is castling can be done only?
    It can't be done when the king position is mated by another piece ?

  19. You forget to mention in castling if king moved it can't do castling

  20. What is not talked about much by many players is that you can castle if your rook is being attacked.

  21. Thanks, Robert! I only recently learned to play and am learning a lot from your videos.

  22. How many games on average between videos should we pratice ?

  23. I have a doubt only pawn can get into promotion

  24. your videos are very useful to learn a proper chess game thank you, this is first time hear about en passant. please continue your great work

  25. I knew all of them but didn't know any of there names

  26. I knew about castling and promotion but I had no idea about en passant! Good job Sir! Keep it up!

  27. En Passant is so confusing. Its' the only move that "expires" if you don't take it immediately. Also, another stupid thing, if the white pawn is on e6, and the black pawn moves from d7 to d5, you do not have an En Passant move available there. I find that particularly mind-boggling.

  28. Thank you for putting the time to make the videos.

  29. Wasn't know about And Percent .. thanks 😇

  30. I played chess for 20 years and watch many pro chess videos. I have never seen or heard of en passant once. Surprising

  31. Can you only do en passant when they move 2 spaces like that or can you do en passant any time a pawn moves next to one of your pawns no matter where on the board it is?

  32. Thanks for explaining En passant more clearly than some other videos I've seen.

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