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How to play chess

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How to play chess

 

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Chess is a strategic game in which two armies of equal number of soldiers do battle. You must strategically place your men in sectors of the playing field, the board, in order to destroy the man in charge so that the rest of the army cannot be instructed. In this case, the leader is the king. The object is to make it impossible for the king to flee anywhere so that your army can destroy him. This is called checkmate .

Chess is one of the most complicated board games that I have ever played and I'm sure you'll find the same. It requires a great deal of knowledge. It is one of those "Easy to learn, impossible to master" type of games. It goes way beyond learning how the pieces move and can become very confusing if not read carefully or is not described properly. This is why chess has more literature written on it than any other board game, for players of all skills.

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Things That You'll Need Before Playing

Chess requires very few things to play. All you need is a board, just like the one that is used to play checkers. 8 x 8, 64 squares, and a Chess set of 32 pieces.

Chess Board

 

If you don't have a chess or checkerboard, you can easily make one from paper or on any draw program.

Some other things that you may want to know about the board and its properties:

  1. The board is composed of 32 squares of a light color, such as a beige or white.
    The other 32 are of a contrasting color, usually black.
  2. The vertical rows of the chess board are known as files.
  3. The horizontal rows of a chess board are known as ranks
  4. The diagonal rows of a chess board are known as diagonals .
 

You will also need a chess set. These cannot easily be made as they are quite intricate so it is a good idea to buy them. They aren't really that expensive; you can usually pick a plastic set up for around $10.00

A chess clock, however, is not needed just yet. I suggest learning the game and playing for a while before you begin to time your games. It just makes everything a lot more confusing. Take as much time as you need and learn as much as possible from your first games.

That will be everything you need to play. As mentioned, you do not need a number of materials. It's time to begin the tutorial. Are you ready?

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THE PIECES

 

 

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The King
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The King Is the most important piece, it is the whole point of the game.
You must try to protect your king, your opponent must try to capture your king.
The King can move in any direction, but only square at a time.
The King can move from black to white squares.
The King is normally the largest piece in the chess set.
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The Queen
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The Queen Is the most powerful piece, and is positioned next to the King at the start of the game. The Queen can move in any direction and as many squares as she desires.
The Queen is normally the second largest piece in the chess set.
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The Bishop
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The Bishop Is the next piece in power, I think. The Bishop can move diagonally along black or white squares. It can move any number of squares you desire, but can not move from black to white squares.  
The Bishop is normally slightly smaller in size than the Queen.
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The Knight
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The Knight Is next, the Knight moves two squares (left or right, up or down), the one square over (left or right, up or down). When my uncle Arthur taught me how to play chess he said "just think one, two and over".  The Knight moves in straight lines forwards or backwards, left or right. The Knight does not move diagonally.  The Knight can land on a black or white square.
The knight is normally slightly smaller in size than the bishop and looks like a horse or a rider on a horse.
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The Rook
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Then there is the Rook my favorite piece. The Rook moves in straight lines forwards or backwards, left or right. The Knight does not move diagonally.  It can move any number of squares you desire, and can move from black to white squares. The   Rook is normally slightly smaller in size than the Knight and looks like a small round stone tower. From it appearance you will why, It is also called the Castle.  
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The Pawn
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And finally there is the Pawn, the Pawn is the least powerful piece. The Pawn can only move square at a time, except on the first move. On the first the Pawn can move either one or two squares. The Pawn moves in straight lines
forwards, except when it captures a piece. Then it moves one square diagonally left or right. The Pawn is the smallest piece in the chess set and sometimes looks like a smaller version of the Bishop.
The Game     

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