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How to Move the Pieces

How to Move the Pieces

Learn how all of the pieces move and how to set up a chessboard!

Are you learning the royal game? Do you want to play chess with a friend or family member? Then this course is for you! By learning the material in this course you will be ready to set up a board and play a game of chess!

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to set up a chessboard
  • What pawn promotion is and how to do it
  • The movement of every chess piece
  • How to checkmate and win the game!
The King and the Goal

The King and the Goal

Chess is won by checkmating - trapping - the king. Although the king is the most important piece, it’s not the most powerful. The king can move to any square that’s directly next to it: up, down, sideways or diagonal.
1 min
5 Challenges
The Queen

The Queen

The queen can move forwards, backward, sideways, and diagonally like a king. However, unlike the king, the queen can move as far as it wants to in each of these directions.
1 min
5 Challenges
The Rook

The Rook

The rook can move forwards, backwards and sideways like a queen. However, unlike the queen, the rook can't move diagonally.
1 min
5 Challenges
The Bishop

The Bishop

The bishop can move diagonally like a queen, but not forward, backwards or sideways. Each side starts with two bishops, one on a light square and one on a dark square.
1 min
5 Challenges
The Knight

The Knight

The knight is the only chess piece that doesn't go in a straight line. The knight moves two squares in one direction and then turns and goes one in another direction.
1 min
5 Challenges
The Pawn

The Pawn

Typically pawns move one square forward each move. However, pawns have a couple of special features. A pawn can advance either one or two squares on its first move. Additionally pawns don't capture the way that they move. Pawns can only capture a piece that is one square diagonally ahead. Pawns are also the only piece that can only go forward.
2 min
5 Challenges
Pawn Promotion

Pawn Promotion

When a pawn reaches the end of the board it promotes, which means it turns into another piece. You can promote to a knight, bishop, rook or queen. Since queens are the most powerful piece, that is by far the most common choice.
1 min
5 Challenges
Setting Up the Board

Setting Up the Board

Now that you know how the pieces move, it's time to set up and start the game. Each player starts with a light square in the lower right hand corner. Rooks are placed in the corners, with knights next to them, followed by bishops. Kings and queens are placed in the center squares of the back rank with the queen on her own color. All White pawns start on the 2nd rank and all Black pawns start on the 7th rank.
2 min
8 Challenges

How to Move the Pieces

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8 Lessons
10 Minutes
43 Challenges
Released October 18, 2018
6,145,956 Students