Sports & Gaming

Can a Pawn Take a King? Legal Pawn Moves in Chess

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Mar 2, 2022 • 3 min read

If you’re new to chess, you might be curious as to whether a pawn can take a king. The answer is yes—although it takes some extra help and fancy maneuvering around the chessboard to do so. Learn more about how to use a pawn to take an enemy king.