How to Play Chess

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The object of the game is to checkmate the other king. Checkmate happens when the king is in a position to be captured, in check, and cannot escape from capture.

At the beginning of the game the chessboard is laid out so that each player is sitting across from the other and has the white or lighter colored square in the bottom right-hand side. The chess pieces are then arranged the same way each time. The second row is filled with pawns. The first row should be set up as follows going left to right: Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen, King, Bishop, Knight, Rook. You’ve set it up correctly if your queen is on the same colored square as the color of the piece.

The player with the white pieces always moves first. A turn consists of moving 1 piece 1 time. Players alternate turns until the end of the game.

Spaces may not be shared by pieces. Pieces cannot move through or over any other piece. Opponents’ pieces can be captured by correctly moving your piece to the square of an opponent’s piece. When a piece is captured, it is eliminated and removed from the board. Each of the 6 different kinds of pieces has a unique way of moving:

Pawns move one square forward (toward your opponents side of the board) at a time, unless it is the first time it is moved during the game, in which case it may be moved up to 2 squares forward. Pawns can only capture pieces one diagonal square in front of them, and cannot capture pieces directly in front of them, but is instead unable to move forward. If a pawn reaches the other side of the board, it can be changed into any other type of piece. This is called a promotion.

Rooks can move any number of squares side to side, or back and forth. Rooks cannot move diagonally. Rooks cannot jump pieces but instead capture the first enemy piece they move into.

Knights move in the shape of an “L”, moving 2 squares in one direction, except diagonal, then one more square at a 90 degree angle. The knight jumps over any pieces in the way, capturing any opponent piece in its final move position.

Bishops can move any number of squares diagonally. They capture the first enemy piece they move into.

The Queen can move any number of squares in any direction. The queen captures the first enemy piece she moves into.

The King can only move one square at a time in any direction. The King can never move himself into “Check”.

Whenever a move directly results in the opponent’s king being threatened, (meaning if action is not taken, the next turn the King would be captured) the attacking player must say “Check”. The opponent must then use their turn to protect the king either by moving the king out of check, moving a different piece to block the path of the attacker, or by capturing the piece that threatens the king.

If a move directly results in the opponent’s king being threatened, and there is no move to protect the king, the attacking player declares “checkmate,” the game is over, and he wins. A draw, or stalemate, occurs when the king is not in check and the player cannot legally move any of his pieces or there is any other situation where there is an impossibility of checkmate.

There are a couple other types of unique moves. The first is castling: On a player’s turn he may move his king two squares over to one side and then move the rook from that side’s corner to right next to the king on the opposite side. However, in order to castle, the following conditions must be met: it must be that king’s very first move, it must be that rook’s very first move, there cannot be any pieces between the king and rook, and the king may not…


  1. This explanation just pissed me off. Slow down!

  2. If you’re good at gaming you should be able to pick this up easy

  3. I don't know what queens gambit is and at this point lm too afraid to ask

  4. I’m here because I read The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

  5. Andrew Tate:

    You gotta grab life by the BALLS and punch it in its face while it’s mama cries!

  6. I’ve watched this 590 times now still can not get it feel dafter than 2 brushes. I’m tired 🥱 too make it a bit easier to understand I’ll not be playing that wanky game ever……..

  7. chess is actually more confusing and complicated than this video shows, like how do u remember which chess piece is which, like i could mistaken a random chess piece for pawns

  8. Chess: how to play. The rules are the same as regular chess without any changes. For a refresher of those rules keep watching this video.

  9. Saw this video a year ago and now here I'm with 1600 ratings! (Those who don't know, 1600 rating is considered as strong player 🙂

  10. @2:51, as it's the black's move can't the King be used to capture the Queen to avoid checkmate? or is there a rule I'm missing?

  11. I watched the entire thing and feel like I know less about chess now than I did before I knew absolutely nothing about it.

  12. I'm here after watching The Queen's Gambit

  13. I think the Lighter color should be in the left corner

  14. I dont understand both of my sides are set up correctly but the queen on the white side is on a dark square and yes there is a white space in the bottom right on both side. What am I doing wrong

  15. I do what is called the Kings Gambit where I sacrifice the King for the win. Unfortunately no one ever does the Kings Gambit declined so I have lost every time

  16. He looks like an entirely different person here

  17. The Waffle House has found it’s new host

  18. CHESS – How to Play:
    The rules are the same as regular chess… For a refresher of those rules, check out this video.

  19. Awesome video, except that mispronunciation of en passant.

  20. I didn't realize Cameron from Ferris Buellers day off was a chess player!

  21. Now I can watch all of those chess variants.

  22. Why does chess feel like solving a rubric cube and learning a new language all at the same time

  23. chess is a thinking game not everyone knows that

  24. The rules are the same as regular chess, except for these changes. There are no changes

  25. I’m in chess club with no idea how to play right now wish me luck

  26. Who else is here and are certain they still have no clue how to play and will probably be back at some other point in time when your bored.

  27. Where did you buy the chess set use in the video tripleS?

  28. Anyone watching this and it feels like a whole 1hr lesson even though it’s only 4 minutes?

  29. I feel like I lost brain cells after this 😂

  30. Well im here because my friends tell our teachers that i know chess even tho i don't 🙂🙂🙂

  31. This is so complicated I'll just stick with checkers

  32. Object to play this game: checkmate the king

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