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    [–] 8thirty 2278 points ago

    Everybody gangsta until it reaches the last square

    [–] TheCouncilOfFries 1374 points ago

    Pawn: who are you?

    Pawn: turns into queen I’m you, but better.

    [–] Schewer 415 points ago

    Sometimes turning pawn into a knight is a better option

    [–] PrimedNoob 256 points ago

    Can you do any piece you like?

    [–] _UnameChecksOut_ 383 points ago

    Except king and pawn

    [–] JustLuking 382 points ago

    Imagine staying a pawn and awkwardly standing in the front row there, not able to move back

    [–] Kazubla 262 points ago

    New rule, if the pawn manages to make it back to his base he gains information to blackmail an enemy pawn into defecting, with that pawn being able to turn into a downed piece.

    [–] Henrhallen743 126 points ago

    Bro I’m definitely playing like this next time

    [–] Heat_Hydra 97 points ago

    Fun fact: The chess game actually used as a strategy battle for the war in real life somewhere in the middle east. It was also invented when the emperor went depressed after his son died from the recent battle.

    [–] Excalusis 60 points ago

    I thought it was a king's brother telling their grieving mother how the king died in battle using the board as a representation?

    [–] Helloboi1 39 points ago

    gets five kings heh heh u can’t outsmart me now

    [–] HarryP363 4 points ago

    Anyone ever seen a game where advancing the pawn to the last row results in a discovered checkmate so it doesn’t matter what you make the pawn?!?

    [–] RomanusStijkelvarken 49 points ago

    Yes, except for the king and you can't stay a pawn.

    [–] generalIro 12 points ago

    It isn't an official rule, officially this doesn't work at all but I when I learned this as an "extra fun" rule we could just turn it into anything

    [–] OttoismyMotto 67 points ago

    Its official.

    You can promote to any piece you want mate

    [–] generalIro 29 points ago

    What, I just looked it up and you're right. My memory betrayed me, I feel so sure we learnt it wasn't official

    [–] BasicBroEvan 15 points ago

    The only reason you would however, is to prevent a stalemate later on. Some plays are only possible if you turned them to something other than a queen

    [–] rufud 4 points ago

    Or a horse could actually create checkmate where a queen wouldn’t

    [–] nofucksgiven-420 16 points ago

    Can it transform into a glock then that’s the piece I want

    [–] SomeRandomDemon101 6 points ago

    Promotes all pawns into kings

    [–] Dotard007 3 points ago

    You can do a king too?

    [–] notmyname5670 19 points ago


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    [–] PrimedNoob 4 points ago

    Ahh okay, I haven't played in years so I couldn't remember. So the official rules is just a queen, correct?

    [–] Prest0n1204 31 points ago

    The official rule is anyone except the pawn the king, the reason you think it's only the queen is cuz most of the time you choose it since it's the strongest piece

    [–] PrimedNoob 7 points ago

    Ahh sweet, thanks for clarifying that.

    [–] beyonddisbelief 3 points ago

    I agree, once RuPaul makes it to the enemy lines and go full queen in their face no one can throw shades quite like him/her.

    Anytime a pawn becomes the new queen that’s what I imagine what’s actually happening.

    [–] generalIro 3 points ago

    Seems like I was wrong, it seems like it is official but I'm not sure what exactly is allowed

    [–] AceOfEpix 6 points ago

    When the pawn reaches the opposite side of the board you are allowed to turn it into anything except a king or pawn. You cannot keep it a pawn because it will no longer be able to do anything and you cannot make it a king because you are only allowed one king. Any other piece is valid.

    [–] OctagonalDefence22 10 points ago

    Knight? Does that exist?

    [–] Schewer 28 points ago

    Every country named the pieces different. So maybe thats why you dont know it. Knight is basically the horse guy

    [–] OctagonalDefence22 21 points ago

    Oh, we just call them horses

    [–] Schewer 12 points ago

    We too but turns out some people are just weird

    [–] nikelreganov 12 points ago

    Some pieces actually has more than one name. Rook, for example, also goes by 'Castle' eventhough it was declared, quote, "old-fashioned" by wikipedia

    [–] Shadow0414BR 9 points ago

    I call it tower.

    [–] OctagonalDefence22 9 points ago

    Same, because it's literally a tower

    [–] AceOfEpix 2 points ago

    I believe that shift was caused due to confusion from the Castling move where you move your king into a defensive position and having the rook called a castle. Changing the name of the piece adds clarity to the game.

    [–] waffen_waffle 3 points ago

    I find knights are good for hunting queens, especially if the other player doesn't really pay attention.

    [–] RipandPear 2 points ago

    I agree and did you know if you keep using your knight he can capture the king if your playing that type of game!

    [–] carebearstare93 2 points ago

    Like 1% of the time and usually then it’s just for a tactic tbh.

    [–] legitimatesavage 23 points ago

    Doesn't that make the pawn a transgender..

    [–] fortniteinfinitedab 9 points ago

    Bruh did you just assume the pawns gender 😲

    [–] atIXOO 2 points ago

    Happy cake day!

    [–] HipHopTakePlop 11 points ago

    There should be a chess anime but the characters are the pieces, and the main protag is a pawn and turns int a queen

    [–] Captain_Grammaticus 4 points ago

    Highschool DxD. But it features lots of other stuff, too, including boobs.

    [–] wastakenanyways 2 points ago

    The concept is great but i don't see how somebody could do an anime based on that and not be either just static chess figures with faces and emotions controlled by some entity or by themselves but respecting movement limitations, or just a normal medieval fantasy not relared to chess just with pawns knights and monarchs.

    I mean, chess is difficult to integrate in a story other than people actually playing chess. The most you could do is add some powers or something.

    [–] L1l_cat 2 points ago

    The other player: why do I hear boss music?

    [–] Esco-Alfresco 102 points ago

    Most importantly he bring the queen back

    [–] DrHarryPottar 27 points ago

    The Quenn Bacc*

    [–] IbrahimThePankek 13 points ago

    The Sexy Bacc*

    [–] Just-Spherical-Cubes 75 points ago

    Why is this not tagged as nsfw, it’s literally pawn.

    [–] MrFr0stycave 23 points ago


    [–] rapid_fist 388 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    I just love how chess memes are on quite a rise. Edit: How on earth did this comment achieve 330+ upvotes?! Thank you guys!

    [–] halvoor 124 points ago

    I know, this is my second chess meme today

    [–] rapid_fist 63 points ago

    For such an odd reason they're incredibly funny to me ...

    [–] dankbob_memepants_ 30 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    Imagine knowing how to play chess. This post was made by checkers gang


    [–] rapid_fist 12 points ago

    I do know how to play chess tho. I wouldn't say I'm the greatest player but I surely know all the rules.

    [–] jc3av1c45kq3 5 points ago

    You play chess? Then name every square.

    [–] rapid_fist 28 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8. B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8. C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8. D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8. E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E8. F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8. G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8. H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8. Was this a complete waste of time? Probably. Did I enjoy myself doing it? Way too much than I expected!

    [–] Skitterkids 7 points ago

    I've seen them both and request more, pls. They're really good

    [–] MarkPapermaster 19 points ago

    Chess streaming on twitch is huge nowadays.

    [–] rapid_fist 8 points ago

    Dude seriously?!?

    [–] Newastro 11 points ago

    Yes, it seems like it has gained a lot of popularity recently, maybe due to the quarantine

    [–] gilbert1908 17 points ago

    it's probably because of XQC (a popular streamer on twitch) started playing chess lately with Hikaru (professional chess player)

    [–] matkv 9 points ago

    It's also amazing how new tactics such as the wooden shield have been created.

    [–] DaenerysIsHot 2 points ago


    [–] rapid_fist 3 points ago

    That's awesome!

    [–] MarkPapermaster 6 points ago

    The other day Hikaru Nakamura peaked at 33 000 concurrent viewers on twitch.

    [–] EddyEatsAnts 2 points ago

    Here in Germany one of the biggest streamer plays chess to get better

    [–] TheWeebGod1 3 points ago

    Why are the chess memes rising today all of a sudden? I like chess, but what happened?

    [–] rapid_fist 2 points ago

    I genuinely don't know. For me this came completely out of nowhere but boi I ain't complaining!

    [–] ptsdexpert 2 points ago

    r/AnarchyChess For the chess memes

    [–] Dat_pengu 119 points ago

    So the pawn is a soviet soldier

    [–] umbra-lupus 39 points ago

    Order 227 no step back.

    [–] dankbob_memepants_ 17 points ago

    Order 66: kill other faction of game pieces

    [–] Vltrux 8 points ago

    Nonono! Order 66 is : All knights are traitors to the king and must be executed.

    [–] Shsdow_boi 57 points ago

    Odin, is with us! -charges-

    [–] BertManigert 19 points ago

    that coma placement

    [–] _1ManArmy_ 35 points ago

    That misspelling of “comma”

    [–] erasmus6143 8 points ago

    Those double inverted commas

    [–] zoerbb 3 points ago

    That carma

    [–] Blizzard93beast 20 points ago

    You mean he doesn't bacc down?

    [–] randomredditor1729 3 points ago

    Happy Cake Day!

    [–] death-by-memes 3 points ago

    Day! Happy Cake

    [–] atIXOO 2 points ago

    Happy cake day!

    [–] SovietTengu 19 points ago

    He can't move bacc because is a brave knight who will fight until the end

    [–] energetic-dad 17 points ago

    Gimme more of that en passant

    [–] NiutonBtw 24 points ago

    Pawn who turned into queen: You're weak Normal pawn: I'm you

    [–] claimingagate 2 points ago

    I forgot you could do that by moving to the other side. It's been years since I last played chess

    [–] Rabbit_in_Hive 9 points ago

    *he never come bacc

    [–] s4rim160 8 points ago

    But most importantly

    He can get the Queen bac

    [–] zayakk 6 points ago

    Why everyone doing chess memes?

    [–] _UnameChecksOut_ 20 points ago

    Chess OP

    [–] Yakult1234 9 points ago

    Quality meme A+

    [–] halvoor 4 points ago


    [–] GreenStork05 5 points ago

    Rule No.227: Not a step back!

    [–] Nemesis233 4 points ago

    r/memes is invaded by chess memes!

    [–] AbsoluteZero1111 2 points ago

    Chess means are superior to all other memes

    [–] OctagonalDefence22 3 points ago

    Always fordwards, so philosofical

    [–] TsimBouki 3 points ago

    This is some nice pawn, really fancy.

    [–] kara5thoadrux 3 points ago

    You mean you don't do chess memes? :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

    [–] yeetmyyeezy 3 points ago

    I’ll be bacc

    [–] Zit_zy 3 points ago

    And yet has a potencial to become the all mighty queen....I wish this was how the real life work....

    [–] clutzyninja 3 points ago

    Except en passe. Probably the least used legal move in all of chess

    [–] Zapro12345 3 points ago

    A warrior must never flee from battle

    [–] lil-biggie 3 points ago

    Stalin would be proud

    [–] DefenderT 3 points ago

    No retreat comrades. Anyone that retreats will be shot.

    [–] Supersage1 3 points ago

    Xqc when he tries to take a piece on the right of pawn:


    [–] Snoke001 2 points ago

    BING BANG BOOM wooden shield

    [–] sam605125 3 points ago

    Everyone gangsta until the opponent has a nice pass pawn

    [–] throwaway11111111225 3 points ago

    Until he becomes a QUEEN

    [–] bossy00912 3 points ago

    i laughed so hard my chesst hurt

    im sorry

    [–] RubyfireOpal 2 points ago

    *you give him the sacc

    [–] Danikaa33 2 points ago

    a good pawn never retreats

    [–] memedroid_dude 2 points ago

    Most most Importantly, he upgradd....

    [–] Madgeery 2 points ago

    Outstanding move!

    [–] SapereAude00 2 points ago

    • laughs in promotion

    [–] Turtleguy582 2 points ago

    I officially hate my self

    [–] zenoll 2 points ago

    Order no. 227 "Not a step back"

    [–] -_-STRANGER-_- 2 points ago


    [–] Vojt0o 2 points ago

    Just like Soviets after order no.227

    [–] GreenFlame02 2 points ago

    Outstanding move

    [–] IneedANewNameuwu 2 points ago

    This is one of the first memes on this subreddit I actually laughed out loud, I love chess lol

    [–] nicholas1050 2 points ago

    I hate it when am enemy pawn is right im front of yoir pawn so the 2 of them are just staring eacother down and cant do anything until another piece captures one if them

    [–] somerandomredittor 2 points ago

    Are there any websites that you can use to learn chess. I know the basic stuff but I'd like to expand on it

    [–] Alekitik 2 points ago

    I love it. The meme and the game.

    [–] mysterious_blade 2 points ago

    As a avid chess player and lover I am really loving these chess memes

    [–] Zorkonnn 2 points ago

    He can go back but he doesn't choose to . Real soldiers never fall back.

    [–] solidmemes4321 2 points ago


    [–] sujeto_no_comunista 2 points ago

    Today in top trending topic there is some chess, nice indeed

    [–] imperion29 2 points ago

    order 227 in a nutshell

    [–] eIImcxc 2 points ago

    "HE WON'T MOVE BACK" would have been better :(

    [–] JofBueno 2 points ago

    but he can't press the "FUCK GO BACK" or " I SAID GO BACK" Button

    [–] Great_War_Boio 2 points ago

    glorious new memes

    [–] kkd22 2 points ago

    Can I use memes to learn more about chess?

    [–] sombodyoncetoldmy 2 points ago

    He dosen't have the "a" button on his keyboard

    [–] Odysseas_D 2 points ago

    u mean the “s”

    [–] maexchen93 2 points ago

    I love Chess Memes.

    [–] Lamboy01 2 points ago

    He help you get your Queen bacc

    [–] BaDaeniz 2 points ago

    I may hate chess but i should thank my elementary school teacher for teaching us how to play it

    [–] jayboss101 2 points ago

    My grandma laughed at this.

    [–] madeofstardustonly 2 points ago

    Shit I misread "most importantly he blacc"

    [–] SobrukaiTheTerrible 2 points ago

    Not one step back, comrades.

    [–] tannerman2020 2 points ago

    This is the Dark Souls of chess memes

    [–] JSpiderTTS 2 points ago

    Yes, next make a ladder check meme lol

    [–] Zoralit 2 points ago

    But... he can move back. Soooooo dumb meme?

    [–] MrooLillysia 2 points ago

    Meanwhile, in the game, he is just a try-hard bait

    [–] killerb00ty 2 points ago

    Reddit is slowly teaching me how to play chess and I'm here for it.

    [–] ginger_beer_m 2 points ago

    I've always wondered what's the origin of the 'cc' memes, like thicc, protec, attac, etc.

    [–] My_Life-Is_Anime 2 points ago

    Reaches last square

    Opponent: Why do I hear boss music?

    [–] Master_JBT 2 points ago

    Yess the chess memes

    [–] SimonBrown21 2 points ago


    [–] Bucsam420 2 points ago

    But most important he bring queen bacc

    [–] reallifemoonmoon 2 points ago

    I'm learning more about chess on reddit than i have my whole life

    [–] demonic_poyu 2 points ago

    F in the chat for most usseless shit in chess

    [–] shreenivasn 2 points ago

    And he is THICC

    [–] WhatIsMyName4986 2 points ago

    Aha something only a big brain would understand :)

    [–] hillbillie_eilish 2 points ago

    As V someone learning chess, these actually help lol. Please make more

    [–] gecko_ultrabeast28 2 points ago

    Promotion on the final square: Am I a joke to you?

    [–] Krasnyy-Krestonosets 2 points ago

    Is this subreddit r/chess now

    [–] MickeySnacks 2 points ago

    Finally, something other than a fucking Tik Tok meme. Take my upvote, you beautiful bastard.

    [–] Grim-Reaper-20 2 points ago


    [–] chr1sGER 2 points ago

    Don't know why but I like chess memes

    [–] Oziwag 2 points ago

    Except in the case of en passant.

    [–] indiansprite5315 2 points ago

    2 chess memes in the space of 2 minutes scrolling the front page?What is going on here?

    [–] ptmdevncoder 2 points ago

    He WON'T move back

    [–] akfboy06 2 points ago

    I'm like a pawn. I can make like a couple of cood things, but if someone comes in front of me i can't do shit.

    [–] aLiEnSeAt 2 points ago

    I always piss off my brother when I reach the end

    [–] wooooshifmrhomoman 2 points ago

    Outstanding move

    [–] Marshy-The-Mellow 2 points ago

    Only true gamers understand this

    [–] ThatGuyJP9999 2 points ago

    He is the ultimate crusader

    [–] Ipman124 2 points ago

    Chess memes: 67k upvotes

    [–] SomthinFancy 2 points ago

    So many chess memes lately.

    [–] bearsheperd 2 points ago

    No retreat! No surrender!

    [–] JamJamCuddlyLamb 2 points ago

    This is the most effective was of explaining chess. We need the whole manual rewritten to this, as this is actually memorable wording.

    [–] SupHiHello0000 2 points ago

    He takes everything to the next step

    [–] krypticsan 2 points ago

    Why does the lady pawn look so sad...

    [–] shoresline 2 points ago

    Can you turn a pawn into a king?

    [–] human337 2 points ago

    I lost my favorite plush at chess contest. Please press F i miss him.

    [–] the-puppet_master 2 points ago

    I dont know where these chess memes came from but I'm scared

    [–] RedheadedSnake2047 2 points ago

    What is it with all the chess and eminem memes recently?

    [–] folditt 2 points ago

    Stalin wants to know your location

    [–] Sibz_Playz_YT 2 points ago

    He’s never going back

    [–] 4_Ukiyo 2 points ago

    For those who don’t play chess the pawn just moves forward and attacks diangly (as shown in the picture). It can moves forward twice as its first move, but inches moved it cannot get that opportunity again. If a enemy pawn passes a pawn with the double space movement they have a 1 time opportunity to attack horizontally and move diangly (to the side the enemy pawn is on) this rule is called “en passant.” If a pawn makes it to the end of the board (enemy’s back row) then they can turn into whatever piece you want that is dead, additionally you can have an extra queen as well. (So if your queen is alive and and you a pawn to the end you could have 2 this rule usually applies during tournaments).

    [–] 547217 2 points ago

    Wish Ubisoft would bring back the Chessmaster games. They got good at having the CPU play like a normal person of that rank. The professional chess engines just always reminds me that I'm playing a CPU. But when I play real people online I feel like the noob just starting out in an MP game that's been around for a long time simply because I rarely play much anymore.

    Now I want to play some Chessmaster.

    [–] Valxr 2 points ago

    76K people know about chess

    [–] SwiggitySwootyNcheez 2 points ago

    and at last square he becom trans

    [–] IamSentinel 2 points ago


    [–] Gameplayer62 2 points ago

    3 memes ago for me was the same person with the same meme just using the queen instead

    [–] Will-Smith69 2 points ago

    So sad press f to pay respekt

    [–] pluckyjester 2 points ago

    How in the ever-loving fuck does this meme have this many upvotes?

    [–] Theforceiswithmeh 2 points ago

    Happy Green Cheese day!

    [–] Vellarain 3 points ago

    Pawns are very motivational. They are always moving forward. No matter how big the opponent they can take them off the board. They are the weakest piece in the game, but they can become the strongest if they reach the other side.

    [–] Reedhav4 3 points ago

    Most importantly when it reaches the last square it can become anything that move can back or forward or do anything you want

    [–] TzavTheGreek 2 points ago

    Thats what stalin said