• Jonathan Miller

A Beginner's Guide to Chess

Chess is a strategy game that is hundreds of years old and is still played today. It is played on a global competitive scale. The game doesn't seem to get much love thought as some people conceive it as a hard to understand game. That is not necessarily the case.

The objective in chess is to take the other player's king. Each player has sixteen pieces; eight pawns, two knights (horses), two bishops, two rooks (castles), one queen, and one king.

The hardest thing to learn about chess is to know your pieces, which isn't too terribly difficult. Here is what each piece can do:

  • The pawn: moves 1 space forward and take a piece that is diagonally forward. *CAN MOVE 2 SPACES FORWARD ON ITS FIRST MOVE ONLY (OPTIONAL)*

  • The knight: moves in L-shaped patterns, or one space one direction and then 2 another direction (not diagonally). It should be on a different colored tile by the end of its move

  • The bishop: moves diagonally as many spaces possible; should stay on the same colored tile

  • The rook: moves vertically and horizontally as many spaces possible

  • The queen: has the same ability as both the bishop and rook

  • The king: moves one space in any direction

It may be much, but the moves aren't too complicated. New players should try playing with experienced players so they learn while playing and can be constantly reminded what piece does what.

After learning the basics then comes the hardest part that anybody will experience; playing the game. It's a bit exaggerated, but any new players may feel overwhelmed if they aim to win.

Just know that playing chess can help sharpen your mind as the game is about making important decisions. It's healthy in a way, and could help others make decisions more considerately.

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