Chess Starter.

This page will be about starting off and learning how to use the pieces to their best abilities.

Chess is a game that involves alot of thinking and playing it can really help your brain.
It may be difficult to understand at first but eventually you will get to understand it.
The object of the game is to attack the king in a way so that he cannot move without being captured.
In chess, white always moves first.


Pawns can move one square forward however on it's first move when it can move two squares forward if you want.
Even though they move forward, pawns can only attack diagonally.


Knights move very strangely and are quite difficult to understand at first.
The knight moves in an L shape one square up/down and two squares sideways or two squares up/down and one square sideways
The knight is the only piece that can jump over pieces

The way the knight moves makes it very useful in the opening.


Bishops are quite useful pieces especially in the endgame. Bishops can move diagonally anywhere on the board.
The downside to bishops is that they can't change from white to black square.


Rooks, also known as castles, are powerful pieces.
They can move forwards, backwards or sideways as many squares as you like.


Queens are very powerful pieces. They combine the moves of the rook and bishop and move diagonally and straight.

The way the queen moves makes it very valuable and you really don't want to loose it.
For that reason is recommended that you don't move it past the third rank in the opening.

The King

The king is like the queen the way it moves but it can only move one space per turn

The king cannot be taken. If it is being attacked this is called check. You must move it out of check.
Each time you put your opponent in check it is good practise to say check but you don't have to.
If you put someone in check and they can't get out of check it is called checkmate.
If this happens the person who has put their opponent in checkmate wins the game.


Castling is a move that requires both king and rook but only takes one move
If neither the king or the rook has moved the king moves two spaces and the rook goes to the other side of the king

You can't castle out of check, through check or into check.


Promotion happens when a pawn reaches the top of the board. The pawn then turns into a queen, rook, bishop or a knight. The piece stays on the square the pawn got promoted on.

If you don't have a queen avalible to use but you want to promote the pawn to one, you can just turn a rook upside down.

You can also use two pawns on the same square as any of the pieces if you don't have them.

If you have any questions, please email
questions will be answered on the frequently asked questions page or FAQ.