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Letter #18 -  2009

Sub:    Piece capture
Date:   4/27/2009  2:12:31 PM EDT
From:  broken_arrow

Hello chessposter,

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?

Thank you.

Dear viewer,

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.

Thank you for visiting us,

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