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What Is En Passant in Chess? Learn About the Special Pawn Capture and Its Uses

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 7, 2021 • 3 min read

One of the most misunderstood rules in chess, en passant (French for “in passing”) comes up rarely, less than once per game. Though easy to overlook, it’s an important rule to be aware of, and keeping this uncommon move in your back pocket may come in handy against an unsuspecting opponent.