22 ( +1 | -1 ) For a two-year babyYour opponent moves his pawn two steps. If he moved one step and you could take it with your pawn, then you can take it. Just think to it having moved one step and capture there.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) okso if i am approaching him and he moves only one space because i would have taken him if he had moved two can i treat it as though he had moved twoand pretend I have taken an invisible pawn?
214 ( +1 | -1 ) here is the rule:An example first:
Imagine you are looking at a board on a computer screen with the pieces in their initial setup, with White on the bottom. Imagine the following moves are played: 1. e4 a6 2. e5 d5.
Now in White's 2nd move, she placed a pawn on the fifth rank. Then, Black responded by pushing a pawn two squares forward to d5 coming to rest on the square just to the left of White's pawn on e5. Now, White may, if she wishes, choose to take the Black pawn that just moved as if it has just moved only 1 square instead of 2. If White doesn't do this immediately she forfeits the right to do it later. If she chooses to take the pawn, this is what happens: she moves her pawn from e5 to d4 and removes the black pawn from d5, thus completing her move. Notice that the White pawn does not land on the square that the black pawn was just on. Rather the White pawn lands on the square that the Black pawn would have been on had it only moved one square instead of two.
The rule in general: 1. White capturing a black pawn en passant: If White has a pawn on the 5th rank and black moves a pawn two squares forward to the 5th rank ending up just to the left or just to the right of the white pawn, then White may capture the pawn on the very next move exactly as if it had moved just one square (provided of course that such a move doesn't cause White to be in check after it is completed). If White doesn't capture the pawn on the very next turn after black has just moved his pawn into position, then White cannot capture that pawn en passant in the future. 2. Black capturing a White pawn en passant: This situation is a complete mirror image of the situation described above. This time, if Black has a pawn on the 4th rank, and White moves a pawn forward two squares ending up next to the Black pawn, then the black pawn may capture the white pawn as if it had just moved one square (subject to the same restrictions noted above).
49 ( +1 | -1 ) En PassantIf White has a pawn on the 5th row and black moves an adjacent pawn 2 squares, bringing the pawn beside of White's pawn, White may capture En Passant (in passing) as if Black only moved the pawn one square. But only for that move. If you don't use the en passant right away, you cannot use it in the future. Of course this only applies to that one black pawn. Another pawn being moved up in the same manner can be captured.
Hope you understand now... this rule confuses many people. Several times I've played beginners over a real board and had them refuse to believe there was even such a rule! It's certainly a strange rule... but, well, you wrote:
"bear in mind I am female and It probably already shows."
I know you're just being lighthearted, but I hope you don't really think you're at a disadvantage as a woman!