How To Play Chess
Here is a quick tutorial on how to play chess and how each piece moves with pictures.
PLAYING CHESS WITH DEATH by Albertus Pictor (1440-1507) | This work inspired Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish film director, to include a knight playing chess with Death in his film 'The Seventh Seal' (1957). Death asks the knight how it is that he knows that he plays chess. ‘I have seen this in murals,’ the knight answers.
I enjoy playing chess with my girlfriend. This also shows my competitor personality as we have a running tally of how many wins each of us has. Currently it is at 19-17 to me. This for of play is voluntary and can also show a freedom from time. Often times we spend a couple hours playing chess before we notice that we have played 5 matches. Image found on my twitter: twitter.com/NicholasMcInroy/
Written by a world-famous chess teacher, this excellent introduction to the principles of chess endings clearly explains the importance of tempo, the rule of the triangle, and the idea of related squares. Special attention is given to positional play, the conception and execution of a plan, and the recognition of tactical opportunities.
If the king is not in check, you cannot move any piece other than the king, and every option for the king would lead to check, the result is a stalemate. Moving a king into check is not a valid move, and if those are your only options, the game is a draw. In this stalemate, the person with the black pieces cannot move anything else. The pawns are stopped in their tracks by other pawns, and none of their other pieces are on the board.
The king isn't the strongest piece on the board, but it is the most important piece on the board. Kings can move one space in any direction. If the king is being attacked by another piece, you are in check. In check, you either have to move the king to safety or protect it with one of your other pieces. Both kings must be separated by at least one square. If the king cannot get out of check, it is checkmate.
The bishop can move diagonally in any direction for any amount of distance (unless there is a piece in the way). If a piece is in the bishop's range, you can move your bishop to that spot and take the other piece off of the board. This rule applies for all chess pieces.
Knights are the only pieces that can jump over other pieces. At the start of a chess game, you can move the knight first before any of the other pawns (although it is not recommended). Knights move in an "L" shape. A knight goes 2 units one way and 1 unit the other way. On a set up chess set, there is a rook and a pawn. The knight can move in front of the pawn that is in front of the rook just to give you an idea of how this piece moves. All of the other pieces aren't as complicated.
The first time you move an individual pawn, you can move it up 2 spaces. Every other time, you have to move a pawn up 1 space at a time. If there is a piece diagonal of the pawn, you can move your pawn to that spot and take the other piece off the board. Other than that, pawns always move up straight. If you move a pawn to the end of the board, you must swap it out for a rook, knight, bishop, or queen.
The person who has the white pieces always goes first in chess. A good way to determine who gets which color pieces, take a white pawn with one hand and a black pawn in the other. Hide them behind your back. Have your opponent choose one of your hands. If your opponent chose your hand with the black pawn, your opponent gets the black pieces. If your opponent chose your hand with the white pawn, your opponent gets the white pieces.
In order to win a game of chess, you must have your opponent's king in check. If the king can't get out of check, it is a checkmate. Since the king can't move out of check in the picture, the game is over. The person with the white pieces wins.