En Passant meme examples.

En Passant / Google En Passant

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En Passant is a notorious chess move in which a pawn that moves two spaces forward is able to be captured by an adjacent pawn. The move is particularly infamous among new players of the game as something that is not understood at first when starting out the game — often leading to people accusing their opponent of cheating or generally being confused. Since chess moved to the online sphere, countless blogs, forum threads and bug reports have been filed about the move from unsuspecting players, leading to the popularization of the catchphrase "Google En Passant" to become a meme within the community.


En Passant, translated from French meaning "In Passing," is a chess move where pawns moving two spaces forward are capturable by an adjacent pawn. In chess terms, this would mean moving a pawn from C7 to C5 and then being captured by the enemy pawn at D5, which moves to D4. The addition of En Passant to chess took place roughly 400 years ago, notably making it the most recent move added to the game, as well as one of the most confusing for new players.

References and memes about the notorious move began appearing online around the mid-2010s, particularly the phrase "Google 'en passant'" appearing whenever someone claimed the move was cheating. For example, one of the earliest known uses of the catchphrase appeared in a comment chain on The Chive[4] posted under a video of a speedy chess match on January 22nd, 2016 (seen below).

Patrick Swayze + → Dog 7 years ago Cheating ass cat. You cannot move a pawn diagonal unless you are capturing another piece or in the case of en passant. Everyone knows that. 37 Reply • Share > PoppaGrunt 7 years ago Not true. Google "en passant" 3 Patrick Swayze Reply. Share >

Then on September 17th, 2018, after years of bug reports, Chess.com staff member Erik[1] uploaded a post to the site going over En Passant and the reports they've gotten because of it. The explanation also included numerous memes throughout the article (example shown below).

ATTITY LE Are you sure you know ALL the rules of chess? 'His Pawn Cheated And Killed My Pawn!'


Over the following years heading into the early 2020s, En Passant continued to grow as a meme as more people got into chess for the first time and summarily accused their opponents or AI of cheating when getting blindsided by the move. On February 21st, 2022, Redditor King-Doofy[2] uploaded a meme to the /r/AnarchyChess subreddit (which notably became a prominent community for using the catchphrase "Google En Passant") including a POV meme of someone who got "En Passanted" for the first time, accumulating over 4,500 upvotes in two years (shown below).

POV Google Qchess.com how to report hacking X = All News Videos Images Maps Shopping www.chess.com > view › general how to report hackers? - Chess Forums - Chess.com 6 Oct 2017 5 posts 4 authors how to report hackers? This guy called truson hack my last tournament game with extra moves. please check & ban him. thanks. YOU'VE JUST BEEN EN PASSANT'D FOR THE FIRST TIME

On January 22nd, 2023, the official Chess.com Twitter[3] account asked its followers what the number one thing they would suggest to new players is, to which the community (several years deep into the meme) unanimously decided to put "Google En Passant" as the answer, causing the phrase to see a resurgence and be subsequently spread all over social media and in memes again (shown below).

Chess.com @chesscom - Jan 22 Reply with your best chess advice for new players 1,154 182 3,255 characTooling @characTooling Replying to @chesscom google en passant 3:30 PM Jan 22, 2023 4,751 Views ılı 694.4K +] ⠀

Various Examples

8 6 5 3 2 $ You when you forget En Passant is a thing and it costs you the game imgflip.com Å Å 1 Å DXC6#* i Beginners in chess when the opponent plays en passant for the first time. Why? Why? @CHESSBASEINDIA Why? Oh, that's why. DID YOU KNOW? There is a secret move in chess called the en passant? worldch The en passant is a capture move added in response to the double move pawn rule in the 15th century. It is the 34th and final installment to the game. To learn more search "Rule 34 chess"

One move checkmate imgflip.com En Passant JAKE-CLARK.TUMBLR THE FASTEST THINGS ON EARTH CHEETAH AMAL SPEED OF LIGHT AIRPLANE CK Chess.com ** EN PASSANT google en passant @ holy hell

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External References

[1] Chess.com – Erik

[2] Reddit – King-Doofy

[3] Twitter – Chess.com

[4] The Chive – This speedy chess match is oddly satisfying

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My favorite move in Chess is Castling which I'm convinced was something that was made up on the spot in the middle of a game and quickly spiraled out of control and made retroactively legal after the opponent was flabbergasted by the specifics of the move.


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