Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationBoard Games · 1 decade ago

In chess, is there any usefuleness in en passant movement or it exists only due to historical reasons?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The en passant rule was added in the 15th century when the rule giving

    pawns the option of initially moving two squares was introduced.

    The rationale is so that a pawn cannot pass by another pawn

    using the two-square move without the risk of it being captured.

    The en passant is clearly demonstrated to be useful when considering that

    (historically) pawns would never have been allowed anything except

    moving one square per move without creating the en passant rule.

    The en passant rule occurs in many games, but it's usefulness

    extends beyond when it is used to when it is only threatened.

    In chess it has been said that "the threat is mightier than it's excution."

    In chess it also has been said that "the pin is mightier than the sword."

    Source(s): The En Passant Pawn Capture
  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know about it's history, but it's definitely useful. If the move didn't exist, one player wouldn't be able to take a pawn that advanced two spaces as if it had advanced only one space.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the proper use of this tactic can be VERY deadly !!

    ....sometimes its wiser NOT to use en-passant !!

    Source(s): U.S.C.F. member
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