- Chess is played on a board with 64 squares; 32 black, 32 white.
- The pieces are to be arranged in a way so that a white square comes in the lower right corner of the chessboard.
- The objective of the game is to checkmate the opponent's King. Checkmate is the status attained when a king is attacked and captured.
- The Rooks occupy the corner boxes. The Knights (horses) stand between the Rooks and the Bishops. The King and the queen occupy the middle two boxes of the same row.
- The white and black Queens both begin the game on squares of their color. The white Queen begins on a white square. The black Queen begins on a black square.
- White moves first, and then black; the turns continue till checkmate; till one player resigns or both players agree to a draw.
- The King: One step in any direction if no obstructions are present.
- The Queen: Any length in any direction in a linear fashion if no obstructions are present.
- The Bishops: Angular directions, unlimited, if no obstructions are present.
- The Knights: The most complex of moves; first two boxes in a linear fashion and then it should land on any of the boxes lying on either side of the last box covered. Imagine a T ; the knight should rest at any of the ends of the T. Obstruction does not count.
- The Rooks: Unlimited, linear motion if no obstructions are present.
- Pawns: Two steps max from the starting line and one step forward from then onwards and angular, one-step movement while making a kill. Reaching the other side makes a pawn equal to the Queen.
Benefits of playing chess
Learn to play chess for leisurely hours while honing analytical prowess. It increases concentration and patience and played within a limit can help develop the ability to solve everyday problems.
This article focuses on playing chess at the rookie level; if you want to learn to play chess for advanced levels, there are tutorials available by eminent chess-players that explain the strategies and the related moves.