Updated: Oct 27, 2020
"Every Pawn is a potential Queen" - James Mason
Well, the theme of this blog is every Pawn is a potential Knight or Bishop!
Underpromotion is one of those things that seems mysterious to beginning players.
"Why should I ever promote to a Knight when I can always get a Queen?"
Though rare, underpromotion is sometimes the key that wins or draws a game. And because of this, underpromoting is one of most elegant moves in chess.
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Here are examples of when to underpromote:
To avoid stalemate
To support a tactical combination that wouldn't be possible with a Queen
Both are extremely rare cases, and 99% of the time you will always want to trade a Pawn for a Queen. But in today's post, I will show a several cases of when underpromoting is the only winning action!
Underpromotion to Bishop:
Underpromoting to a Bishop may be the most rare move in all of chess!
Full game with underpromotion:
Underpromotion exists for a reason!
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So, every time you are about to grab that Queen, stop! Make sure you aren't about to throw the game but instead check for hidden tactics!
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