The game of chess is pretty simple. Or at least this goes for the basic rules of the game. This means that even children can quickly understand what’s going on in the game, and they will be able to promptly learn how to play. But still, you will have to invest a bit of time and effort in order to understand what the game is all about. So, without further ado, we’ll introduce you to the rules of the game of chess.
Chess is played by two opponents on a chessboard. The chessboard has 64 squares, of intermixed black and white color. Both players command their armies of 16 pieces each. One player plays with the white pieces, and the other player with the black-white always moves first in the game.
How to Win
The goal in chess is to mate your opponent’s king while preventing your opponent from mating your own king. But what does it mean do mate a king? It means that you will create a trap by attacking the opponent’s king so that it will have nowhere to go and not be under attack – and at the same time, your opponent won’t be able to defend their king with another piece. When this happens the game is over, and you have won the game. There is another way in which the game could end – and this is in a draw. Both you and your opponent could agree on a draw if both of you think that there is no way to advance in the position, or it may be a draw if the opponent’s king has nowhere to go and is your opponent’s last piece that can move – but is not currently under attack.
All of the pieces move in specific ways. The pawns move vertically one (or two) squares towards your opponent’s army, and they take opponents pieces one square diagonally. The rook moves both vertically and horizontally for however squares you want, the knight has a unique pattern of movement in the form of two squares to the side or up, and one left or right. It’s the only piece that can jump over other pieces. The bishops only move diagonally, and the queen moves in all directions. This means that the queen is the most powerful piece in your army – use it wisely. The king can move one square in any direction. Typically, you will want to protect your king early in the game with other pieces, but as endgame closes in, the king becomes a powerful piece that you should use for your benefit.
Finally, there are certain special moves, such as castling, promotion, and en passant. Castling means that the rook and king can switch places in certain cases, and this is a great move to protect your king and connect your rooks. If a pawn gets to the end of the line of its movement, then it will get promoted to whatever piece you want. In most cases, the queen is the wisest choice for promotion. And en passant is a special move in which you can take your opponent’s pawn in a scenario when normally you wouldn’t be able to take it.
These are the basic rules of chess – we hope that you will learn the game quickly and that you will begin to play soon.