1. The Chess Queen.  In my descriptions of  each chess piece we will cover both the basics (how the specific piece move and what initial value it has) and finish with its more subtle qualifications for any player to be able to use it with the full power she deserves.

I begin my descriptions with the Queen. Why? Because I love this piece, simply and because she is the operative commander of any chessgame.

The Queen is  sometimes mentioned as the strongest piece on the  board but it is not correctly described since it depends on her position if she is strong or not and what potential powers she may get thanks to that.

However she has the potential as the most valuable and powerful piece that can be sacrificed (The King is the most valuable but can’t be sacrificed).

Powerful because she can travel fast over long distances, in very versatile angles – diagonally, horizontally and vertically. Valuable because her presence always defers any opponent from attacking without thoroughness. One miscalculation of the opponent’s queen’s powers and the game balance may tilt. She also can defend and attack at the same time, due to all her ways to interact on the board.

She may for example defend three pawns and a knight but still have the chance to long  distance attack or move her self to the center of an attack in the next move. No other peace has this combined ability.

However the Queens apparent strength also has built in weaknesses. She can’t jump, which make her often trapped in tight spaces, both from the player’s own pieces but also from the opponents active and passive pieces.

Being powerful means also that loosing it will in most cases result in loosing the game. That means a player has to use her  powers wisely or she will find her self in trouble because of the opponent’s big desire to capture her. To reach her potential value as the most valuable piece,  the player has to place her at the best spots for her powers. She has to be able to quickly get into any position and be a beacon of power for the rest of the pieces. To support them and to make them confident of the outcome of the battle.

Just the potential risk of having the queen appear in 1 move at the battle centre, constitutes a great change in a chess game. Make sure that you always give your Queen that chance, to appear at the centre of action within at least 1 move or even better make sure that she is already present at the centre when the attack commences.

1. How the Queen moves. Horizontally, Vertically and Diagonally but can't jump.

At the start of a game a Queen is in a complete defending position. She protects 3 pawns and a bishop to her left. Her protection of the King to the right has no significance since a King can not be taken at all like the other pieces. Then the game is over and it is already check mate.

So the goal for any player is to always make sure that the Queen can find the continuous  spots from where she can command as much space and force as possible throughout the game (unless she was sacrificed earlier to checkmate the opponent or create a clearly winning position).

Space, just by the mere squares she can travel and Force, by the direct or indirect effect her potential moves can have in the chess battle at any given point.

The only thing to remember about the queen in your future games: 

  • Place her at all times as actively as possible without being easily attacked. Make her beam of powers light up the battle field for the rest of your soldiers! Any move with her should be CAREFULLY double and triple checked to avoid a simple blunder or an ambush.


The initial/generic value of the Queen

In classic chess schools Queen is often assigned a value of 9.  In my chess school (with hypermodern chess pedagogics) it has just the value of  1 until you opened up for it and put in in a safe _and_ powerful spot ready to enter the battle in one move or already is influencing the battle center. Then it has the value of that spot where it currently is at. It could be 9 or much more. But it could also be any number between 1 and 9.

(To be continued and revised, feel free to comment)



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