Birth of the Chess Queen: The most dominant piece on the board

Every chess player knows that the queen is without a second thought the most dominant piece in chess, but surprisingly very few chess players know the fact that the game of chess actually existed for five hundred years without her. Chess is a game which was invented in India. At that time there was no queen, instead, there was Senapati i.e Army General and this was the reason, why this piece holds great power and can move around freely in the war field. King simply sits and plans a strategy and does not fight the battle himself. It was the Army General who does the leading of soldiers. When chess became a popular pastime for European royals during the Middle Ages then the Army General got evolved into a queen to become the king’s fierce warrior and protector.

The birth of queen - chessbazaar

The position of Queen – The queen is placed in the middle rank adjacent to the king. According to the white and black columns on the chess board, the white queen is placed on the white square and the black queen chess piece is placed on the black square. This is called “Queen on color”. Queen is the most powerful piece in the game of chess. It is able to move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The most powerful position for a queen is when the enemy king is in an open or undefended position. The queen can then execute a check.

Related: Chess and its German connection

Because of the value of a queen, it is sometimes used as bait to lure an opponent into a trap by a queen sacrifice. Queen is the most crucial chess piece which is needed to protect the king of her side. That is why there is a very famous quote – “Every man needs a woman when his life is in a mess, because just like in a game of chess, the queen protects the king.”

The birth of queen in the game of chess

If you really want to succeed in the game of chess and want to save your king, then you really need to learn the strategies and tactics with this power packed chess piece.

Happy playing chess!

Related: Get the defensive skills that will make you unbeatable and give you easy wins with “Devastating Defense”