The Queen

Starting Queen Position

Starting Queen Position

Each side gets two queens starting on their first rank (row).

Queen Movement

Queen Movement

The queen can move and attack any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally (combining the moves of the rook and bishop).

Powerful Piece

Powerful Piece

The most powerful piece in chess, attacking more squares than any other piece. 

Promotion

Promote to Queen

Because the queen is the strongest piece, a pawn is promoted to a queen in the vast majority of cases.