Chess for Beginners
Chess is one of the most popular strategy board games in the world. It is a two-player game played on a checkered board. The board has sixty four squares arranged in an eight by eight grid. It is normally associated with smart and sharp people for the moves require profound consideration and calculations. The game is played all over the world and can be played at chess clubs, online over the internet, or even in chess tournaments. This article will attempt to explain chess for beginners in a short and sweet manner :)
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Students of the game need to familiarize themselves with the different pieces of play in the game. They include King, Queen, two Rooks, two Knights, two Bishops and eight Pawns. It is worth noting that each of the six pieces make different moves and attack differently. This makes it an all sharp-mind affair. The main objective, or rather the end of the game, is achieved when one puts the opponent’s King in checkmate, making it unable to escape the opponent’s pieces used for the attack.
The Memphis Chess Club is the 2nd oldest chess club in the U.S. It holds weekly chess club meetings in Memphis on Friday nights, mostly at Holiday Deli and Ham. This is a clear evidence that the club holds the game in great awe and has been doing so for many years now.
Before delving into the specifics required to make one an outstanding player, it is worth considering the basics moves to enable one to grasp the game.
This entails a player moving his or her piece under the conditions that the type of the move to be made is for that particular piece. This leads us to expound more on movements of each piece. The king makes moves one square in any direction. The Rook can move any number of squares a player wishes along a given rank but can’t skip or jump over an opponent’s piece.
The Bishop can move any given number of squares diagonally. The queen combines the power of the Rook and the Bishop, giving it the ability to move along ranks, files or diagonals. The Knight moves in an “L” shape to the closest squares that aren’t on the same rank. Lastly, the Pawn makes moves on the forward pattern provide the place is not occupied. It’s very first move is unique because a player may wish to make a two steps move along the same file.
Armed with these basic skills, a player who is more serious about chess or at an advanced level, needs to equip himself/herself with other tricks to defeat the opponent. To reach an advanced level, a chess player needs to have very high skills and good experience in working out some of the moves which are considered classic. In order for us to talk of these unique moves, it is important to devise a method of notation of the moves played on the chess board.
This enables a player to explain these moves without literally have to draw illustrations. In this special notation (known as Algebraic notation), the columns or files are identified with a letter. On the other hand, the rows or ranks are identified with a unique number. From the White player’s perspective, the leftmost file is identified with the letter “a”, the adjacent being “b” and so on.
The closest rank for white is normally “1” and the adjacent on the pawns side is “2”. Armed with this form of notation, the leftmost back square for white pieces can be denoted by “a1” and the direct square above it being “a2”. This is how each square on a chess board is identified so that when when you move any piece into these squares, you can suggest which one you are referring to.
Equipped with the knowledge of the Pawn’s movement, one is aware that a Pawn can only capture a piece that is placed diagonally in front of it. A special case of the Pawn’s movement is known as en passant. If an enemy Pawn could have attacked and captured it had it made a one square move, the enemy is still in a position to capture.
Castling is another good technique for one willing to advance his or her chess skills. Normally, during the game, a new player may easily become confused with how to castle properly.
So, here are the clarifications:
This move is made by the King and Rook. You should castle as early in the game as possible. Castling makes the King safe from attacks. There are two types of castling: short and long castling.
Pawn Promotion is another technique that you can utilize to outdo the opponent. This happens when your Pawn reaches the other side of the board. It is, therefore, worth noting that the Pawns are of great value as opposed to a beginner’s perception of a Pawn being very low in value. Pawn Promotion has its limitations as well. You cannot promote a Pawn into a King or leave it as a Pawn once it get to the other side of the board. Most players usually like to promote their Pawns into Queens since it is the most powerful piece.
I have now given you some basic understanding of the game of chess and how it is played. Here is another article which focuses on chess for beginners. I hope I have been able to make you aware of some of the basic rules of this magnificent board game. If you want to get more involved with chess, be sure to visit your local chess club. If you have any questions about chess, feel free to drop me a line via the Contact Info page.