En passant captureWhen a pawn makes its very first move, it has a choice.
It can move one square or two squares at once!
You already know that.
But there’s something else!
Pawns can speak a little bit of French…
They can capture en passant. This is French for ‘in passing’.
It is pronounced 'ahn pass-sahnt'.
One pawn can capture another without actually taking it!
How does en passant capturing work?
- Only pawns can capture en passant. One pawn takes another.
- En passant capturing is done right after a pawn has moved up two squares in one turn.
- You pretend it only moved up one square. Your pawn captures diagonally and takes the other pawn.
- You have to this at once. If you don’t, you lose the right to capture en passant.
What do you have to do?
The black pawn makes a move. Can white capture en passant?
Click on the traffic lights to answer. Red = no, green = yes.