How to play chess

By Nancy C. Muir

Chess is an ancient game of strategy. If you’re a chess buff, you’ll enjoy playing Chess Titans in the Windows version of chess, which pits you against a computer opponent.

The Chess Titans window appears, and the chess pieces are placed in their opening positions. By default, a new game is always played against the computer, but you can choose to play another person when you start a new game.

If you’ve never played the game before, the Select Difficulty window appears. Click your comfort level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

If you play against the computer, you play white and move first. If you play with a friend, one of you moves first and the board automatically switches around to the black player’s point of view so your friend can take his or her turn.

This is human companion sitting right there with you, by the way, and not an Internet opponent.

Once you make a play, your opponent (either the computer or another human) moves a piece.

Choose Game→Options to set options for the game. You can prevent possible moves from being highlighted. whether you’re playing as black or white, whether to show tips or play sounds, and the quality of graphics.

Don’t like the look of your chessboard? You can modify it to look like a different material, such as wood. Choose Game→Change Appearance. In the Change Appearance window, click a style of chess piece and a style of chessboard. Click OK to save your settings.

About playing chess

Playing chess is not difficult – but there are a lot of rules and strategies to consider. But the good news is, you are never too young or too old to learn how to play it. You just have to be patient enough to understand the rules of the game first. Once you have understood how the game is played and how every piece plays a role on the board, you should be able to practise playing it with someone. As you keep on playing, you should be able to come up with strategies that you can use to outwit your opponent and win the game.

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So what should you know to learn how to play chess?

First of all, you need to know how to set up the chess board. Start by positioning the board so that each player has the light coloured square at the bottom right-hand side. The chess pieces are divided into two colours. The pieces will be arranged on either side of the board.

The second row from the edge is to be filled by the pawns. The first row, the one nearest to each player will be filled with assorted pieces. The rook takes each of the corners, then the knights, bishops and then the king and queen. The queen takes the same colour (light or dark) while the king will take the opposite one.

To start the game, the player with the lighter coloured pieces will move first. They will take turns, moving each piece across the board. Each piece moves differently. The king is the most important piece but it is also the weakest – being able to move one square at a time in any direction. The queen is the strongest piece because it can move in any direction. The bishop can move diagonally, the knight moves in the shape of an L (two squares up or down and one sideways), and the rook moves up, down or sideways. The pawn can only move forward except when it is capturing the piece of the opponent – which can be done diagonally.

The goal of playing chess is to take all the pieces of the opponent. This is done by moving your own pieces towards the spaces occupied by the opponent’s piece. Winning would also mean capturing the king.

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About the website

In this website, you will not only learn how to play chess. You will learn more than the basic rules. You will learn how to play and strategise so your chances of winning will be bigger.

The articles you will find here will not just be about the actual game of chess. It can also be about online chess games and how to win it. If you cannot find someone to play with, you can find a real player online – or you can play with the computer. There are also other online games that you can opt to play that will be just like a chess game.

Of course, most of what you will find on this website will be about how to play chess. Information about the history of chess, where you can play in Manchester, and even the books that you can use to help you play better.

How to Win the Game of Chess


A king is in “Check” when an opponent moves it’s chess piece in a position to capture their opponent’s King. An example would be by placing your queen in the line of capture of your opponent’s King.

This placed the King in “check”, since he is now in the line of capture. Your opponent must now make a move to place the King out of check, either by moving the King, capturing the queen, or placing another piece in front of the King, blocking him from capture.

Sometimes players will place your King in check solely to force you to move certain chess pieces, or move your King prior to castling, which will not allow a castle later in the game. 

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If the king cannot be moved out of check, then that is considered “Checkmate”.


Checkmate is the goal of the game of chess and the only way to win the game. Checkmate is when a king is placed under attack, and has no spaces to move where he will not be captured, hence, the king will be defeated.

*Once you master the basic’s, be sure to learn about the 2 move checkmate (Fool’s Mate), 3 move checkmate, and 4 move checkmate (Scholar’s Mate)*

Draws (Also known as “stalemate”)

Occasionally chess games do not end with a winner, but with a draw, also known as a stalemate.

There are 5 ways a chess game may end in stalemate, (rather than checkmate):

  1. It is one player’s turn to move, but his king is NOT in check and yet he does not have another legal move
  2. There are not enough pieces on the board to force a checkmate (example: a king and a bishop vs. a king)
  3. A player declares a draw if the same exact position is repeated three times (though not necessarily three times in a row)
  4. Fifty consecutive moves have been played where neither player has moved a pawn or captured a piece. (The only way this can really happen is if both players are only moving their knights for 50 moves in a row)
  5. The players simply agree to a draw and stop playing
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