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Playing the Game

Learn the basic rules of chess and how to play a full game.

  • The Language of Chess

    Every square in chess has a name based on a coordinate system. All files have a letter, from a - h, going from the queen's rook file to the king's rook file. Each rank has a number from the 1st and 2nd rank where White's pieces begin through the 7th and...

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  • Moving and Capturing

    A great strategy to help win chess games is to capture opposing pieces. Most captures are made the same way that pieces normally move. Remember, that pawns capture one square diagonally, instead of their normal forward move. You notate a capture by...

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  • Check

    Check means that one side is threatening to capture the opposing king. You never capture the king in chess, so the other side must get out of check. To notate a check, you add a "+" to the end of your notation. For example, knight to g6 with a check...

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  • Getting Out of Check

    When you are in check you must escape check. The ways to get out of check are to move the king, block the check with another piece or to capture the checking piece.

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  • Checkmate

    You win when your opponent is in check and cannot escape. That is called checkmate!

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  • Fastest Checkmate

    Have you ever wondered what the fastest possible checkmate is in chess? The fastest possible checkmate takes only two moves. Try to follow the moves below. 1. f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4# The notation for checkmate is #.

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  • Stalemate

    Stalemate occurs when there are no possible moves, but neither king is in check. Stalemate is a draw, even if one of the players has many more pieces on the board. A good example of stalemate occurs when one side just has a king, which is not in check,...

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  • Other Draws

    Not all chess games are won or lost. Sometimes they end in a draw. These are the ways that can happen: 1. Stalemate. 2. Both players agree to a draw. 3. If the exact same position has repeated three times, either player can claim a draw. 4. If...

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  • Castling

    Castling is a special move to protect your king and activate your rook. It's the only time in chess you can move two pieces in one move. The king moves two squares to the right or left and the rook moves directly to the other side of the king. You can...

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  • En Passant

    This is the most unusual rule in chess - make sure you learn it. En-passant occurs when a pawn has just moved two squares. It's possible the very next move for the opponent to capture that pawn with one of his or her own, as if that pawn had only moved...

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  • Finding the Right Move

    There are dozens of possible chess moves at any time. How do you find the right one? Each turn you will want to consider your option and your opponent's options. You'll want to pay particular attention to checks, captures and threats.

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  • Playing a Game

    Watch a complete game of chess played with all moves explained, 1. e4 c6 Both sides move pawns towards the center. 2. d4 d5 Both sides place a 2nd pawn in the center and allow pieces out. 3. Nc3 dxe4 White defends a pawn and Black captures it. 4....

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