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En passant is a rule allowing a pawn to make a special-case capture.

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When and why was en passant invented?

Other than castling, the only "strange" move that chess pieces can ever make is en passant. It seems a little odd to me that someone thought that such a "different" move was so important to include ...
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How do you use 'en passant'?

I have been playing chess for years but I was just introduced en passant only recently. I keep on forgetting when to play this weird move. I keep on asking myself "is it on the 5th row or the 4th row" ...
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Fastest possible checkmate by en passant

En passant is somewhat of a rare move in chess. Checkmating by en passant, however, is an even rarer occurrence. But suppose both sides had the same goal to help cause a checkmate to their opponent ...
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Rules: en passant and draw by triple repetition

A question of rulebook pedantry: One can claim a draw when the same position occurs the third time, the same player having the move. Two positions are not the same if the earlier allows a capture en ...
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En passant for beginners

When I started playing chess, I learned many of the rules of chess on my own. I was playing chess online, and then I realised that pawns can capture in such a fashion. At first, it was weird to me. ...
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Why can't a piece (that isn't a pawn) capture en passant?

Why can't a piece (that isn't a pawn) capture en passant? When a pawn makes a two-square move, the en passant rule says that on the next move, any pawn that could have captured it on the single-...
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Two questions about how the en passant capture works

I am still confused about the en passant rule. There are two possibilities regarding the capture itself that are not clear to me. [FEN ""] 1. d4 d6 2. d5 c5 3. dxc6 b5 (3. c4 e5 4. dxc6) Scenario 1: ...
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Rules: How does right to castle and en passant get considered for the purpose of calculating a threefold repetition?

I'm writing a chess app, and have some questions regarding the intricacies of the threefold repetition rules. As of 2018, the FIDE handbook has this to say about what constitutes identical positions ...
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When is it possible to carry out the “En Passant” manoeuvre?

This manoeuvre is a form of pawn capturing technique. When a player’s pawn jumps two spaces on a first move, that piece can then be taken from the side as the opposing pawn moves into the moving pawn’...
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Why is en passant only possible on the first opportunity?

Quoting FIDE rulebook: This capture is only legal on the move following this advance and is called an ‘en passant’ capture. Quoting Wikipedia: The en passant capture must be made at the very ...
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Games with consecutive en passants

Games with consecutive en passants, that is one side makes two en passats captures in a row, are few and far between to my knowlegde. I only know of one example thanks to Tim Krabbe. Kudrin-R Douven, ...
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Why is en passant hardly heard of?

So many people I know (or have played chess with) have never heard of En passant and will call me out for cheating. En passant is a move in chess. It is a special pawn capture that can only occur ...