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This is a list of questions to ask beginning chess players, to see how well they understand the basics of chess, such as piece identification, piece movement, piece initial placement, protection, endgame strategies, et cetera. Answers will seem quite obvious to experienced players, but remember, everyone was new to the game once! Feel free to add questions and renumber them.

Q: Is it possible to castle before you have moved any pawns? Why not?

A: No, it is not possible. On kingside, the bishop and the knight must move out of the way, and queenside, both the bishop and the queen and the knight must move before the king and his rook can proceed.

Q: What is en passant?