In chess, it is possible to get a second queen, but it is a rare occurrence and typically only happens in the endgame. The process of obtaining a second queen is called “promotion” and it occurs when a pawn reaches the opponent’s back rank.
When a pawn reaches the opponent’s back rank, it has the option to promote to a queen, rook, bishop, or knight. This is typically done when the pawn is able to move vertically towards the opponent’s back rank and there is no other piece to block its path.
Promotion to a queen is the most common choice, as the queen is the most powerful piece on the board. It can move in any direction, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, making it a formidable attacking piece.
How does a player obtain a second queen?
- A player can sacrifice a pawn and force their opponent to capture it, which then allows the player to promote their other pawn to a queen on the next move.
- A player can use a combination of moves to create an opening for their pawn to reach the opponent’s back rank, allowing it to promote to a queen.
- A player can use a tactic called “underpromotion” which is when a pawn promotes to a piece other than a queen. This is typically done to checkmate the opponent or to create a stronger position on the board. After this the pawn can be promoted to a queen.
Obtaining a second queen can provide a significant advantage in the endgame, as it gives the player more attacking options. However, it is important to note that the process of obtaining a second queen is not easy, and it typically requires a combination of tactics, strategy and skill.
It is also important to note that in some chess variants like “Fairy Chess” it is possible to have multiple queens.