How To Play Chess: Learn All The Rules Of The Royal Game

Learn how to play chess, one of the most popular games on the planet! In this video, IM Danny Rensch will teach you all the rules of the game.

Chess does not need to be complicated. This video will show you all the rules you need to learn to start playing chess. From setting up the board to how each piece moves, Danny will give you hints to remember every rule. Here’s a summary of what you’ll learn in this video:

The pieces

Rooks: rooks move up and down, left and right, for as many squares as they want;
Bishop: bishops move diagonally as many squares as they want;
Queen: queens move to all directions, as many squares as they want;
Knight: knights move like a capital L and jump over other pieces;
Pawn: pawns move up the board one square (or two on their first move) and capture diagonally one square. Pawns also have a special capture called “en passant.”
King: kings move one square in every direction and can’t move into check.

Checks and Checkmate. Draws

When a king is under attack, the king is in check. If the player under attack can’t move their king out of the way, block the attack, or capture the attacking piece, the king is in checkmate, and they lose the game. The game ends in a draw if a king is not under attack and can’t move anywhere (because it would move into check), and there are no other legal moves to make.


There’s another special rule in chess called “castling.” That rule allows players to move their king and one of the rooks at the same time. The king goes two squares to the side of the rook, and the rook jumps over the king and lands next to it. However, players can only castle under certain conditions.

Setting Up The Board

Finally, Danny will teach you how to set up the board, so you can start playing chess over the board!

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00:00 Intro
00:39 The rook
01:05 The bishop
01:44 The queen
02:23 The knight
03:44 The pawn
04:56 Pawn captures
05:30 Pawn promotion
06:25 En passant rule
08:34 The king
09:39 Check
10:30 Getting out of check
11:50 Checkmate
13:27 Stalemate
14:31 Castling
15:54 Two final notes about castling
16:59 Setting up the board

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  1. Thank you for explain it, it's make me more improve to play than before .

  2. The thing I don't understand the way of getting out of check because what I was taught was you have no choice but to move the king

  3. Hey, I already knew the rules of chess, but I just wanted to leave positive feedback. This is one of the best tutorials I've seen for the rules of any game, ever. The way you speak is clear and concise. The pacing is absolutely perfect. The idea to progress with ascending levels of complexity was also genius. The hand movements to demonstrate possible moves as well as the visual overlay with those arrows was a perfect touch that aids in cementing your understanding. Really, I am just chuffed because of how impressive the quality of this video is. I've honestly never used the youtube comment section to leave positive feedback before and I wish I could pay you to explain the rules of any board game I may want to learn. Great job!

  4. almost three decades of playing experience and yet the most effective explanation to have. Two thumbs up!

  5. Six hundred years after dinosaurs d*** that's a long time ago i've got to be like four billion years ago

  6. thank you so much I didn't know about en passant

  7. Can the kings both white and black castle both ways or only to the right?

  8. The beauty of chess,i played 6 games and won 4,drew 1 and lost 1 in school,i placed second in an interschool competition

  9. An excellent video for demonstrating the game! 40 years ago, my dad brought chart paper home from work to draw out all this information; he worked so hard to try to help me master the game. I'm still a beginner, but this video has helped refresh my understanding of en passant and castling. Thank you!

  10. So let's se if i understand. So you can take the precise only if there on the square your about to do the next move?

  11. In the beginning can I move 2 ponds in a same time ?

  12. It is good to know the knight can jump pieces, but it can also move one up and two over as well as capital L as you say. One up two over, or two up ond one over.

  13. Chess has been my favourite game ever. ..
    I used to play this game with grandfather. .

    Have you ever played it with your elders. ..
    Let me know

  14. All newcomers just one advice , play Ke2 to draw

  15. I don't know why I'm watching this because I play since I was a kid

  16. True chess players know that the pieces are called juicers.

  17. It’s so nice to be able to refresh our brains on the basics of playing chess every so often

  18. Shocked Danny didn't mention his crossfit workout program.

  19. With En Peasant, can another piece take the pawn or does it have to be pawn on pawn? My dad and I came across this and we didn't know.

  20. En passant is not optional
    If there is an en passant on the board you must accept en passant even if it looses you the game

  21. Honestly I have no idea why I'm watching this after playing hundreds of games…but I am still watching

  22. I’ve grown up knowing all the rules to chess, not until now do I realize… dang this is complicated

  23. I'm 1700 on blitz why am I watching this lol

  24. These types of videos are great for the beginners, with such great quality it can reach and teach a lot of people. Great work!

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