I know this sounds ridiculous but I want to learn the hand movement for recapturing in chess. It seems like a good fast way to recapture especially in blitz. Here is an example if you don't know what I'm talking about (the way they quickly recapture/capture a piece).


3 Answers 3


Practice makes perfect. I've seen several different ways on how to capture pieces. It's not really something that you learn, but more like something that goes automatically. So, just try it a few times at home (without thinking, so it goes automatically), and do what feels the most natural.


Since the most common capture is a pawn taking a pawn, this is the one to practice most. (There is a video of a piece maker who designed the pieces so that the capture would seem natural.)
My method is to pick up my piece with my thumb and index, then I force the captured piece into the other fingers.

  • You cant say "there is a video.." and not link to the video! :) Do you remember anything else about the pieces?
    – dfc
    May 11, 2016 at 6:21
  • I do not even remember what colour they were. A friend linked me to the video, but I did not find the video remotely interesting.
    – Mike Jones
    May 11, 2016 at 11:31

Replay the video and copy it? The only way is practice.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.