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How to Play Chess: The Complete Guide for Beginners

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play chess the complete guide for

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okay let's start with a basic

introduction to chess to make it easier

for you to understand the rest or to

simply refresh your memory a chessboard

consists of 64 square spaces there are

files which are the columns going up and

down pointing at you and your opponent

and March from a to H and then there are

ranks the horizontal rows from 1 to 8

each of the 64 spaces is identified by

the combination of a letter of the file

and a number of the rank the player with

the white pieces goes first

each chess piece has a name and specific

move capabilities don't forget to

position the board correctly before

playing each player should have a dark

square in their lower left corner now

the first piece we're going to discuss

is the rook it's placed at the corners

of the board which are a1 and h1 for one

player and a8 and h8 for the other the

best thing about rooks is that they can

move any number of vacant squares both

vertically and horizontally

if your opponent's piece blocks either

of your paths move the rook to the

occupied square and there you go another

player's piece will be long

but remember one important thing rooks

can't jump over pieces that's checkers

if one of your pieces is between your

rook and your opponent's piece this move

is not going to work next we'll take a

closer look at the horse or night

Knights are placed on squares b1 and g1

for one player and b8 and g8 for the

other unlike rooks Knights can jump over

other pieces and they're actually the

only piece that can do that they move in

an l-shape pattern two squares

horizontally and one vertically or one

horizontally and two vertically keep in

mind that Knights can capture a piece

only when they land on that piece of



next up we have the bishops in square C

1 and F 1 or C 8 and f8 bishops can move

over any number of free squares in a

diagonal direction just like rooks they

can capture an opponent's piece standing

in their way by stopping on that piece

of square but step aside everyone it's

time for the king and queen to enter the

game welcome your Royal Highnesses you

only get one Queen d1 for a white queen

or d8 for a black queen and she's the

most important piece on the board

basically the rook and Bishop combined

she can literally do whatever she wants

moving any number of vacant squares

horizontally vertically or diagonally

she captures pieces on her way by moving

to their squares the Kings place is one

of the two last empty squares II won and

e8 the King isn't as powerful as the

Queen and can only move one square at a

time horizontally vertically or

diagonally he can attack any piece

except for the other king and queen and

that's because he can't move close

enough to initiate a capture but don't

underestimate him the King is

unbelievably valuable if you lose him

you lose the game

so try to protect him at all costs

finally we have a whole row of pawns to

shield your other pieces they take the

Rose from a1 to h1 for one player and

from a7 to h7 for the other pawns move

one square forward with one exception

the first time they move pawns can go

forward either one or two squares but no

more of that after the first move only

one square at a time for the rest of the


now there's one downside to pawns if

your opponent's piece is directly in

front of your pawn you can't move it

forward or capture the piece talk about

inconvenience right the only way for the

pawn to capture the piece is when that

piece is placed one square forward and

another one to the left or right of the

pawn itself and there we have all the

chess pieces okay

so to win and become a true chess

champion your task is to checkmate your

opponent's king it may sound like a

piece of cake but it's way more

complicated than you might think

checkmate basically means putting the

King in a position where he'll be

captured because he can't move or be

protected by any other piece the more of

your opponent's pieces you capture the

easier it'll be to checkmate just don't

focus all your energy on this your own

king should be properly protected at all

times so that your opponent can't get to

him before you checkmate your opponent

you can just check them this means that

you should have one of your pieces

within capturing range of your rivals

King in this situation you must say

check out loud to let your opponent

avoid checkmate by moving their King to

any free square blocking the check by

placing one of their pieces in front of

the King to protect him or capturing

your piece that has placed their king in

check the same applies to you as well if

you're in danger of a check you have the

same three options to escape it to avoid

a check yourself think carefully before

making any move that might expose your

King to capture

one rule applies here do not move your

King onto a square that your opponent's

piece might move to on their next move


but enough with all the theory

let's talk strategies even though the

game ends with checkmate each of the

pieces has its own relative offensive

strength value for pawns it's one point

a knight's value is three points three

and a half points for a bishop five

points for a rook and nine points for a

queen this is really helpful when

comparing the total points value of each

player to see who has the current

advantage the most important thing to

know is the strong points of any piece

pawns for example are stronger when

they're together in Chains to protect

one another try to keep them that way

unless you see an amazing opportunity to

break the chain and make a great

strategic move Knights are weak and

useless if you keep them near the edge

of the board Knights can control up to

eight squares but when you put them near

the edge this number gets cut in half

use their abilities to your advantage

instead of limiting them bishops

are at their strongest when they're on

or near long diagonals they can control

more squares rooks have the most power

in open files try to position your rooks

on files that don't contain any of your

pawns rooks can also be quite helpful on

the seventh rank for white and the

second rank for black but only if your

opponent's king is on the starting rank

but what about the Queen's they are

dripping with power on any square right

well the center of the board is actually

the best place for them strategically

but the worst in terms of all the danger

they're exposed to successful chess

players suggest keeping the Queen one

move away from the center and trying not

to block her movement with any of your

own pieces for the Kings there's only

one strict rule do anything you can to

make sure that your opponent doesn't get

to him if you want to make your own

rules on the chessboard and be the main

force of the game try to control the

center of the board your opening can

help you do that a D or E pawn is a

great way to start and open the center

of the board the best follow ups after a

couple of pawn moves are knights and

bishops to clean the center use your

pawns while attacking your opponent with

all the other pieces your opponent will

then have to stay on the side with the

limited options to choose from change

things up and use all of your pieces

except for the King of course if you

leave something out you waste that

pieces potential and abilities but don't

just do something on the spur of the

moment chess is a very strategic game

and you have to think several moves

ahead and not just move pieces

cluelessly at the same time you have to

watch your opponent closely and try to

foresee their strategy and plan way too

many things to do at once but you'll

definitely love it in addition don't

give up your pieces without a fight take

your time and scan the board carefully

to see all your options and possible

moves don't rush take it slow and make

sure you don't miss anything let's open

this part with the pawns on passant move

as you might have already guessed it's

French and stands for in passing on

passant is a special capture move that a

pawn can make if you're playing with

white your pawn must be on the fifth

rank for it and it's the fourth rank for

black for you to capture on posad your

opponent's pawn must move two squares

forward and land next to your pawn this

is the beginning of the game move as

this has to be upon that hasn't moved

before as pawns can only move two

squares on their first move so if that

happens you can move your pawn forward

diagonally to the side where your

opponent's pawn is and make the capture

as you pass

but it has to be done immediately or you

lose your chance there's one more pawn

move called pawn promotion no he doesn't

get a race if a pawn reaches the far

side of the board which is the eighth

rank for white and the first rank for

black it must immediately be promoted to

any other piece except for the king the

best way to go is to promote your pawn

to the Queen but one more look bishop or

Knight won't hurt either finally there's

a very useful castling move to protect

the King it's used to get the King out

of the middle of its rank where he's

exposed to the most danger to make the

Castellon move move your king two

squares toward any rook and then hop

that rook over the King so it lands on

the square next to the King remember

that there can't be any pieces between

the rook and the King also the King

shouldn't be in check and both the king

and rook have to be pieces that haven't

made a single move in the game yet if

all these rules apply

you can confidently go for the castling

move so have you decided to learn how to

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