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Almost every person in the world knows this famous board game of chess. However, many look at the chess board and feel totally overwhelmed, thinking that it is a game only for extraordinarily smart people and a game that they could never understand. They look at the black and white chess board, see 32 chess pieces and have no idea what to do with them.
While games at the top level can be extremely complex, the rules are actually quite simple to understand – easy to learn, difficult to master! If you’re curious about chess, we want to end your confusion and show you that learning to play chess isn’t something to be afraid of!
In this video, Grandmaster Damian Lemos shows the basic rules of chess, how the pieces move and other essential information for anyone who wants to start playing the game! In just under half an hour, you’ll be ready for your first game. If you’ve got a board, why not get it out and follow along with Damian? That way, you’ll be able to grasp the rules even easier by moving the pieces yourself.
Before we start with all the chess rules about the pieces, we have some basic facts for you. The chess board consists of 64 squares, half of them visibly white, the other half black. Each player has 6 different kinds of pieces: 8 pawns, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, a queen and the most important one – the king!
At the beginning of the game we find 32 pieces on the chess board, half of them White and the other half Black. All together they cover half of the whole chess board and each side tries to use them effectively to checkmate the opponent’s king.
So how do all those chess pieces move? Sit back and relax as GM Damian Lemos teaches you all you need to know to get started with this beautiful game.
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