Basic Chess Rules and Strategies for Beginners

Chess is the game of tactics, strategies and the ultimate test of intelligence and skill. It increases the mental strength of the person on a regular basis. It is this special quality of the game of chess that made it withstand the travails of time and technology for the past many years and still fascinates people. Currently, chess is played by people all over the world.

Chess is played between two players, who apply different strategies to defeat each other. It is a very complex game that has infinite possible moves and tactics. Almost every move depends on the opponent’s moves. If you are a chess beginner, then you should focus on learning every aspect of chess game. Here you will find essential information of chess game that will help in learning chess.

Chess Board and Pieces: The equipments required for playing chess includes a chess board and the chess pieces. The chess board contains 64 equal-sized black and white colored squares drawn across. There are total 32 chess pieces: 16 for each player including eight pawns, two knights, two bishops, two rooks, one queen and one king.

How Chess Pieces move:

1)  King: The king can move one space in any direction: forward, backwards, side to side or diagonally.

2)  Queen: The queen can move forward, backwards, or diagonal, but cannot jump over any pieces.

3)  Knights: The knight can move two spaces forward and one space to the left or right-kind of like an L. Moves of knights are very important in planning chess strategies as they can jump over any pieces ,they play a very crucial role in chess game.

4)  Bishops: The bishop can move diagonally across the board but they cannot jump over the pieces.

5)  Rooks: The rook can move straight forward, backwards or sideways, but they cannot jump over a piece.

6)  Pawns: Pawns can move straight forward two squares for their very first move and forward one square every time after that. If they are going to “capture” the other player’s piece they can move forward diagonally one square to the left or right.

Chess strategies and planning: Once you have mastered the basics explained above, it’s time for you to learn chess strategy. Chess strategy consists of setting and achieving long-term goals during the game. Taking chess lessons would be an excellent way to know more about the game in detail and will help you to use your chess strategies in the best way. Chess strategy can take your game to higher level and you will be able play against better and more experienced chess players.

There are many websites that provide detailed information on chess game, online chess games, chess rules and chess strategies. They also provide instructions for improving your chess game. You will meet a lot of interesting people with different chess strategies and tactics while playing online chess games. So, enjoy playing online chess games and improve your chess skills.

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About the Author

Alex Rabinovich is an International Chess Master and a Software and Management Engineer. He has been a World Champion for High Schools in 1996 and has also got a 3rd place in Europe under 18 in 1996. He is a coach of Junior Israeli Olympic team.

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