Pawns travel one hex per move in any of the three forwardmost directions, but they capture hard-forward-left and hard-forward right. (Forward is toward the opponent's side of the chess board.) In this illustration, the bursts show where pawns capture. Pawns, like kings are limited to one hex per move.* Each player begins the game with four pawns. A pawn that reaches the far end of the chess board is promoted to a piece of higher value. (See promotion.)
*The Hexes 4-Pawn chess board does not accommodate two-hex opening moves for pawns.