Playing Chess

So yesterday I just started playing chess, (already beat my brother two times 🙂 ) and it’s pretty fun! The main thing is to get the players King. The pieces are:

King: The King is the all-important piece. He only moves one square at a time in any direction – forward, backwards, sideways or diagonally. He can capture any enemy piece that is undefended, where as he himself is not subject to capture. He must not at any time move into a “check” that is controlled by the opponent. He must always stay at least one square away from the opposing King. Both Kings remain on the board.


Queen: Like the King, the Queen can move forwards, backwards, sideways, or diagonally in a straight line. She can move any number square provided there is no obstructing piece in her path. She may capture any enemy piece and occupy the vacant square.


The Rook: The Rook is the next in power to the Queen, and it moves forwards, backwards, or sideways ( but not diagonally ) any number of squares in a straight line provided there is no obstruction. The Rook captures by taking the space that he captured. The Rook is also used in “castling”.


The Bishop: The Bishop moves only diagonally, either forward or backward and any number of squares in a straight line provided there is no obstruction. He captures on the diagonal.


The Knight: The Knight moves in a very special way; either he goes forwards and then on square diagonally to the right or left, or he goes immediately to a diagonally right or left square, and then forward one square (in a “L” shape). The only piece that can leap over other obstructing pieces. He captures in the same way as other pieces. when a Knight leaves his square, he always lands on a square of the opposite color he was currently on.


The Pawn: The Pawn moves forward ONLY. It’s first move it may go one OR two squares. Other then that first move it moves only one square at a time.Then the Pawn arrives at the last square of the opposite side, the player may substitute it for any other piece except the King.


Castling: You can castle only ONCE during a game. The King must have not been moved nor the Rook has not been moved either. The King will be castled when the King is next to the Rook and surrounded by any pieces on all sides. It can be in a corner or in the first two lines of your side board.


Check: The King is in check when he is attacked by one of the opponent’s pieces. The player must say “check!” when attacking the opponent’s King. The opponent must do one off three things: (1) Must move out of check, (2) The hostile piece that checks must be captured. (3) A piece must placed between King and attacking piece.


Checkmate: This means the King has been captured. The object of the game is to capture the opponents’s King. The game, is lost if none the above three moves can be made. the “check” then turns into a “checkmate”.


To win: To achieve checkmate.


Now you know the rules of Chess! So get out there, buy yourself a Chess set, teach your friends, parents, and play your heart out! Have fun! 🙂


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