Chess originated in India over 1000 years ago and is now played all over the world. It is regarded as one of the best strategy games for two players.
Each Player has 16 pieces which move and capture in different ways and have differing levels of importance.
Pawns ————–x 8
Knights ————-x 2
Bishops ————-x 2
Castles (Rooks) ——–x 2
Queen ————–x 1
King —————x 1
The board is placed between the players so that each has a white corner square on his right.
Note that the Queen always stands on a square of her own colour, so that the pieces are all opposite their opposing equivalent.
The object of the game is to trap your opponent’s King in a position in which he cannot escape without being taken. This is called “Checkmate”.
White always starts. Players change sides after each game. Each player takes it in turn to move one piece in each go. He may move whichever of his pieces he requires, planning his strategy, capturing as many of his opponent’s pieces as he can, always working towards the ultimate goal of “Checkmate”.
To capture an opposing piece, a player moves his attacking piece to the square occupied by the victim and removes the latter from the board. Any piece may take (capture) any opposing men that it can, despite rank i.e. a Pawn may capture a Pawn or a Queen.
The only piece that can never be captured is the King. When a player moves a piece into a position from which he directly threatens the King and in theory could take him in the next turn, he must announce: “Check”.
The King must then be moved immediately out of “Check”. This can be done by moving the King away, putting another piece between the King and the threat, or by actually capturing the threatening piece. Whatever is done, a player may not move any pieces while the King is in check unless the move gets the King out of Check as a result.
Each piece moves in a different way, which, makes some men more valuable than others:
CASTLE (or ROOK)
This piece can only move in a straight horizontal or perpendicular line. It may travel as far as it wants in this straight line in any one turn, as long as the spaces it traverses are not occupied.
This piece has only one set movement. It is an L shaped jump – two squares forward (or back) and one to the side (left or right). Or it may be one to the side and then two forward or back. The Knight may move off in any direction and is the only piece that can jump over other men to land on a space beyond.
The Bishops move on the diagonal, but otherwise, like the Castle, they may go whatever distance they wish.
These eight pieces may only travel forward, but “take” on the diagonal like a Bishop. In the first move of a particular Pawn, the piece may be moved one or two spaces forward, Thereafter, it may only move one square forward each turn. If a Pawn succeeds in reaching the other side of the board, it may be exchanged for any piece, which, its owner chooses from his pieces already captured. If the Queen has been captured, it is best to exchange the Pawn for her and get back into play for reasons, which, will become obvious.
She can move diagonally, horizontally or perpendicularly as far as she likes. She is by far the most powerful piece.
He, like the Queen, can move in any direction on the diagonal, horizontal or perpendicular, but he may only move one square in each turn.
Now you know how each piece moves and the aim of the game, you are ready to play.
It must be stressed, however, that these instructions are very basic and are designed only to get you started and to help you understand and enjoy chess.
Once you have understood these basics there are several more complicated moves to be introduced and then there are set plans and strategies to be mastered.
Countless books have been written on chess and many people in each community play the game well and will be pleased to teach you more. You will not have trouble advancing your knowledge and appreciation of the game. This set will get you started and will provide you with hours of challenging fun.