How to play chess (I): Piece moves

In my opinion, the chess is the fairest game there is. Chance is not a factor. The best player wins. It's great fun because of its high strategic element. Don't know how to play? Don't miss this great game; today we teach you how to play it.

Learning to play chess

First of all, we must know which army we start with: eight pawns, two knights, two bishops, two rooks, a queen and a king. How to place them? As follows:

chessboard

The objective of chess is to do "checkmate".which means that the opposing king has no free threatening squares to move to. Be careful, whenever you threaten the opponent's king with a piece, he will be in check and you must warn him. In this case, it is obligatory to move the king. If the opponent does not realise that his king is threatened, you cannot "kill" it next turn, as the rules of chess state that moving a threatened king is obligatory.

How does a game start? Always start with the white pieces. Important: set up the board correctly. Both players must have a white square on the right.

Now let's see how each piece moves:

- PawnsThey can only be moved forward and one at a time. When they first move out of their starting position, you can choose to move two. If you move two squares and pass a square threatened by an enemy pawn, the enemy pawn can decide to "kill" it. However, to "kill" an enemy piece, you must move it diagonally (only one square). They cannot "eat" the piece in front of them. Pawns cannot retreat. When they reach the last line of the board, they can "graduate" and become any other piece.

- Horsesare a rather special piece. They move in the shape of an "L": two squares straight and one each to the left, right, up or down. They have the special feature that they are the only piece that can jump (even if there are other pieces in their path). It can move in any direction.

Playing chess

- BishopsWe have two, one covering the white line and one covering the black line. They just move along the diagonals, which is enough. They can move forwards and backwards as much as they want.

- TorresMove as many squares as you want in the following directions: up, down, left or right. That is, in all directions except diagonally.

- Queen or ladyis the piece with the most moves. It combines the moves of all the pieces except the knight's: it moves forward or backward as many squares as it wants diagonally, up, down, left or right.

- The KingThe player only moves one square, but in the direction he wants to go. Be careful not to "take it for a walk" because the priority is to defend it.

We already know how to play. Now we have to put it into practice. In the chess You get better with every game and by learning with a player who knows more - may the best player win!

If you have any questions about the game, you can ask them in the forum.

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