Letter #18 - 2009
4/27/2009 2:12:31 PM EDT
While playing with a friend, I was in a position to capture one of his Pawns but I decided not to because he could get into a better position.
He told me that I was obligated to capture his piece. Is he right?
Your friend is wrong on this one since capturing a piece is not obligatory in Chess.
The only case when you must capture a piece is when your King is in check and you need to capture the attacking piece to remove the threat.
Other than that, any player has a choice of whether to capture or not.
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