Check (chess)

Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

In chess and similar games, check is a condition that occurs when a player’s king is under threat of capture on the opponent’s next turn. A king so threatened is said to be in check. A player must get out of check if possible by moving the king to a safe square, interposing a piece between the threatening piece and the king, or capturing the threatening piece. If the player cannot get out of check by any of these options, the game ends in checkmate, and the player loses. Players cannot make any move that puts their own king in check.