How to Play Chess

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The object of the game is to checkmate the other king. Checkmate happens when the king is in a position to be captured, in check, and cannot escape from capture.

At the beginning of the game the chessboard is laid out so that each player is sitting across from the other and has the white or lighter colored square in the bottom right-hand side. The chess pieces are then arranged the same way each time. The second row is filled with pawns. The first row should be set up as follows going left to right: Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen, King, Bishop, Knight, Rook. You’ve set it up correctly if your queen is on the same colored square as the color of the piece.

The player with the white pieces always moves first. A turn consists of moving 1 piece 1 time. Players alternate turns until the end of the game.

Spaces may not be shared by pieces. Pieces cannot move through or over any other piece. Opponents’ pieces can be captured by correctly moving your piece to the square of an opponent’s piece. When a piece is captured, it is eliminated and removed from the board. Each of the 6 different kinds of pieces has a unique way of moving:

Pawns move one square forward (toward your opponents side of the board) at a time, unless it is the first time it is moved during the game, in which case it may be moved up to 2 squares forward. Pawns can only capture pieces one diagonal square in front of them, and cannot capture pieces directly in front of them, but is instead unable to move forward. If a pawn reaches the other side of the board, it can be changed into any other type of piece. This is called a promotion.

Rooks can move any number of squares side to side, or back and forth. Rooks cannot move diagonally. Rooks cannot jump pieces but instead capture the first enemy piece they move into.

Knights move in the shape of an “L”, moving 2 squares in one direction, except diagonal, then one more square at a 90 degree angle. The knight jumps over any pieces in the way, capturing any opponent piece in its final move position.

Bishops can move any number of squares diagonally. They capture the first enemy piece they move into.

The Queen can move any number of squares in any direction. The queen captures the first enemy piece she moves into.

The King can only move one square at a time in any direction. The King can never move himself into “Check”.

Whenever a move directly results in the opponent’s king being threatened, (meaning if action is not taken, the next turn the King would be captured) the attacking player must say “Check”. The opponent must then use their turn to protect the king either by moving the king out of check, moving a different piece to block the path of the attacker, or by capturing the piece that threatens the king.

If a move directly results in the opponent’s king being threatened, and there is no move to protect the king, the attacking player declares “checkmate,” the game is over, and he wins. A draw, or stalemate, occurs when the king is not in check and the player cannot legally move any of his pieces or there is any other situation where there is an impossibility of checkmate.

There are a couple other types of unique moves. The first is castling: On a player’s turn he may move his king two squares over to one side and then move the rook from that side’s corner to right next to the king on the opposite side. However, in order to castle, the following conditions must be met: it must be that king’s very first move, it must be that rook’s very first move, there cannot be any pieces between the king and rook, and the king may not…


  1. I have only won six matches in chess ♟️.

  2. Boutta be a long one, okay so Learning to play chess can seem intimidating at first, but it is a rewarding and engaging game to master. Below are the rules of chess and some tips to help you along the way:1. Board and pieces: The chessboard has 64 squares, alternating between black and white. You will need 16 pieces — one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each piece moves in a unique way. The objective of the game is to checkmate your opponent, which means to put their king in check and have no legal move to escape.2. Moves: Each piece moves differently, and there are rules to each movement. The king can move one square in any direction, the queen can move in any direction as many moves as you want, the rooks move horizontally or vertically, knights move in an L-shape, bishops move diagonally, and pawns move forward one square. Pieces capture another piece by moving to the square the other piece is standing on.3. Special moves: There are a few special moves to keep in mind, such as castling, en passant, and pawn promotion. Castling allows you to move your king two squares to the right or left and then move your rook to the other side of the king. En passant only applies to pawns and allows you to capture another pawn that moves forward two squares in one move. Pawn promotion allows a pawn to become any other piece except a king, and most often players choose to promote pawns to queens.4. Opening and middle game: It is important to have a strong opening to set yourself up for a strong middle game. The opening is the first few moves of the game, and the middle game is where you start to develop your pieces and plan out a strategy. It is essential to control the center of the board and not make too many pawn moves in the beginning.5. End game: The end game is the final few moves of the game where you can gain a significant advantage over your opponent. It is vital to keep track of the number of pieces remaining, especially if there is a possibility for a checkmate.6. Strategy: The best chess players can think many moves ahead and anticipate their opponent's moves. It is essential to understand your opponent's strategy and plan accordingly. It is imperative to have a plan throughout the game and stick to it.7. Practice: The more you

  3. I need a person infront of me to help me

  4. Who is still watching this in 2024

  5. Can’t you also put the king in the castle?

  6. Ah yes, this started the whole “the rules are the same as regular chess” thing

  7. Thanks for this video because I’m trying to beat my dad

  8. I feel like watching this made me even more stupid about playing chess

  9. I love that how to play chess is the most viewed video 😂

  10. Between this and Backgammon, my self confidence is becoming low…lol… 😆

  11. Can you make this but in Spanish?

  12. I don't know how to play chess that's why I'm watching this

  13. i joined chess with my boyfriend and he tried to teach me but he can’t 🙁🙁 im here so i dont feel stupid 😭

  14. I still don’t get it would have re watch several times

  15. I understand but I won't remember it all

  16. Is there anyone who can give me the information of the chess set in the video?

  17. Finally, the Game is Not Stupid for People Stupid Little Brains, but you are the Real one, you get the N-WORD Pass

  18. "Chess how to play rules are same as regular chess for refresher of those rules watch this video"

  19. My Classmate is so stupid That she doesnt know how to use A PAWN

  20. Good-ness. That's a lot for a beginner to comprehend and think about.

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