So let's say I capture En Passant with a pawn, using that same pawn I get to the 8th rank. Can I promote that pawn into anything else? I've heard of this restriction in various ways. Some say it can become a rook at best, some say it just stays a pawn, but moves backwards.

Please let me know if this is a classic case of "I'm losing better make some stuff up." Or an actual rule.


From FIDE rules (3.7 e):

When a pawn reaches the rank furthest from its starting position it must be exchanged as part of the same move on the same square for a new queen, rook, bishop or knight of the same colour. The player’s choice is not restricted to pieces that have been captured previously. This exchange of a pawn for another piece is called ‘promotion’ and the effect of the new piece is immediate.

There is no restrictions whatsoever about capturing en passant.


For as long as I can remember, there has never been a rule like that in any official matter. The pawn captures en-passant and lately it can promote like any other pawn.


The fact that a pawn has made an en passant capture does not alter or limit its capabilities at all, including its ability to promote to a queen or other piece when it reaches the eighth rank.

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