Setting up board

Tutorial-II [Understanding each piece's unique ability]


7/18/20232 min read

Setting Up the Board

Before beginning a game, ensure that the board is set up correctly. Place the chessboard between you and your opponent so that each player has a light-colored square in the bottom-right corner. The pieces are then arranged in a specific pattern, with the rooks placed in the corners, followed by the knights, bishops, queen, and king.

Placing the Back Row - The Royalty Arrives

Now, let's set up the back row, also known as the royalty row. Place the two rooks on the corners of the board. Next to them, position the knights, followed by the bishops. Remember that the queens should always be placed on their matching color square - the white queen on the white square, and the black queen on the black square.

Completing the Front Row - Pawns, the First Line of Defense

The front row is for your pawns - the first line of defense. Place all eight pawns, one in front of each back row piece.

Master the Movement - Understanding Each Piece's Unique Abilities

Now that we've set up the board let's take a moment to understand each piece's unique abilities.

Each piece in chess has a unique way of moving across the board. Here is a breakdown of the movement of each piece:

  • The King can move one square in any direction.

  • The Queen has the most freedom and can move in any direction along ranks, files, or diagonals.

  • The Rooks move horizontally or vertically, across ranks and files.

  • The Knights move in an L-shape, making two squares in one direction and then one square in a perpendicular direction.

  • The Bishops move diagonally across the board.

  • The Pawns move forward one square, but they capture diagonally.

    The Opening Move - A Crucial Decision

Congratulations! You've now set up the chessboard perfectly. The opening move is essential as it sets the tone for the entire game. There are countless opening strategies, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Some popular ones include the Sicilian Defense, Ruy Lopez, and the Queen's Gambit. Study different openings to find the one that suits your playing style the best."

You've reached the end of our guide to setting up chess pieces. Now that you know the basics, it's time to practice, learn, and challenge yourself to become a master. Chess is a game of strategy and foresight, and with dedication, you can unlock endless possibilities on the board. So, gather your friends, family and enjoy the wonderful world of chess!