How to Play Chess: The Complete Guide for Beginners

How to Play Chess. Who doesn’t want to be a cool intellectual and play chess like a pro? This game definitely stands out from everything else and has tons of admirers all over the world. So do you want to join in and learn the basic rules and even some winning tricks and techniques? In that case, this video guide is what you’ve been looking for.

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.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction to chess 0:50
The rook 1:40
The “horse” or “knight” 2:25
The bishops 3:03
The king and queen 3:25
Pawns 4:34
How to win at chess 5:29
The strong points of all pieces 7:00
How to make your own rules on the chessboard 9:06
How to make an “en passant” move 10:27
How to do a “pawn promotion.” 11:20
How to make a “castling” move 11:47

Music: Staccato

SUMMARY
-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 marked from A to H. And then there are ranks: the horizontal rows from 1 to 8.
-The rook is 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.
-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.
-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’s square.
-You only get one queen (D1 for a white queen or D8 for a black queen), and she’s the most powerful piece on the board — basically the rook and bishop combined. The king’s place is one of the 2 last empty squares: E1 and E8. The king isn’t as powerful as the queen and can only move one square at a time horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
-Pawns take the rows from A2 to H2 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 2 squares.
-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.
-Pawns, for example, are stronger when they’re together in chains to protect one another. Knights can control up to 8 squares, but when you put them near the edge this number gets cut in half. 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.
-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.
-“En 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.
-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).
-To make the “castling” move, move your king 2 squares toward any rook, and then hop that rook over the king so it lands on the square next to the king.

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900 Comments

  1. The most useful beginner book is Bobby Fisher teaches chess

  2. the queen is too overpowered so i use the queen to guard the general/king so any little troop comes nearby will be eliminated

  3. I'm only here for the En Passant and Castling move

  4. I got intrest to play chess after watching your video thank you Bright side

  5. This is painful, especially the music.

  6. this isn't the most useful video on chess that I ever seen

  7. Well other than the names,I got nothing else… I'll just download this and rewatching it 2 to 10 times, something might stick

  8. please reveal your face we will subscribe and help you to reach till 200m subscriber's

  9. So basically if you lose the king/queen you lose the game automatically even when you have other chess pieces?

  10. I’m here because I said I’m gonna beat all my colleagues tomorrow 😣. Please wish me luck coz I’ve never played chess before.

  11. Here after forgetting how to play it

  12. I'm learning this to make yo daddy fall in love with me 🫶🏽💯

  13. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN CHESS THIS IS NOT THE PLACE GOTHEM CHESS IS THE BEST PLACE

  14. Idc how you got here queens gambit or not personally fell in love with chess when me and papaw used to play on front porch. Glad for the surge in popularity I love this game it just hates me a lot. If you play regular you know what I mean lol

  15. How many of you here after the Indian Chess Olympiad 2022?

  16. Who is here after Chennai Chess Olympiad 2022

  17. Last time I played chess it took one day to finish

  18. Funny I use the king to win and from some reason still won

  19. I'm here after watching Magnus beating 10 guys blindfolded.

  20. his voice just making me fall in love wit him 😒😒

  21. comment section:
    50% – herefromqueensgambit
    50% – chess is hard

  22. "If you don't know how to play chess just move a piece and hope for the best"

  23. Who has been basically summoned here by the Queens Gambit?

  24. The Paw start in the 2 line, not in the 1st (4:34)

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