Placing the board should be easy because all you have to do is
set up the pieces in the right place. You need a white square on the bottom
right corner. Then
you can start putting the pieces on. You start at the bottom left of the board
and you place the Rook, then the
Knight, the Bishop, the King, and then the Queen on her own color, then you place the pieces on
the other side of the King or Queen by placing the Bishop first, then the Knight, then
the Rook. Next, right in front of that row you place all of the
Here is some info on how the pieces move.
The Queen moves like a
Rook and Bishop combined, making it the strongest piece on the board of every
chess game. Because of this strength, you ought to be careful with it for two
reasons: 1.So weaker pieces donít take it. 2.So you can easily checkmate the
opposing King. Below is how the queen can move.
The King can move in any direction, but
only one square. It has to capture the same way too. The King may be weak but
he is your most important piece in the game because if you lose him you
lose the game.
Rooks move in straight lines on the same file or rank that they are on. The Rook captures the same way it moves.
The Knight is a very
good piece to have. The Knight moves in different types of L shapes. ( First it
moves two squares in a rank or file then one square in a right angle.) The Knight is the only piece that cannot be blocked by pieces that
are in its path because it jumps over them.
The Bishop moves diagonally. It is always
on the color it started on. For example, if the Bishop that starts on a black square
it will always be on a black square. The
Bishop captures the same way it moves.
The Pawn is the weakest piece you have.
Thatís why you have so much of them at the start of the game. On their first
move they can either move forward 1 square or 2 squares, but you can
only do this on the first move. After the first move, the Pawns can only move 1
square forward. They can only capture other pieces one square diagonally.
The Pawn is the weakest piece
on the board and is worth 1 point.
Knights and Bishops are equal on the board. They are worth
3 points each. You could capture 3 pawns for about 1 Knight or Bishop it might
be considered a fair trade.
Rooks are worth five points. If you lose a Rook for his
Knight it is NOT considered a fair trade. Rooks can be powerful if you know how to
The Queen is the most powerful piece on the board. It is
worth nine points. You would win a deal to trade two Rooks for a Queen.
The King is your most important piece and it
does not have a rating. It is what you call priceless.