The Beginners Guide for Chess Part I


This is the beginner’s guide to chess.

I am going to teach you all the simple basics of chess. If you get the basics and the simple rules of chess. You can start to call yourself a chess player. *winks*

Some people might see this and be like, seriously chess? Why would I want to learn anything about chess? I have seen a lot of people when watching others play the game. They are like”see how they think because they want to move pieces” “Boring game”, etc and many other funny comments. The most shocking is when you see people playing chess like draft/checkers! 😮 😮

Chess is a game that has been known for centuries, known to help and improve the mathematical and scientific skills of an individual and it also helps in the development of problem-solving skills and so many others! (overtime, it just doesn’t happen in a day). With this, am sure you are ready to learn about this game which helps in improving your math skills, problem-solving, strategic skills and so much more 🙂

What is chess about?

Chess is a two-person board game which simulates a battle between two opposing armies.(White & Black pieces) The board has sixty-four squares of alternating colours.(light and dark squares most times white and black) 8 rows and 8 columns, rows lettered A-H and columns numbered 1-8.

Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns.



The goal of this game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. Checkmate happens when the king is in a position to be captured (in Check) and cannot escape/block the capture.

How are the pieces arranged

Like I said before each player has 16 pieces(both white and Black). An 8 by 8 board with rows and columns
In chess, we don’t call it rows and columns but RANK and FILES. RANKS for Rows and FILES for Columns.

So to the arrangement, the white and black pieces are always placed at the 2 last ranks on the opposite side of the board.

The white pieces are always placed on the 1st and 2nd ranks while the black pieces are always placed on 7th and 8th ranks.
Please note that there are some boards that don’t have letters and numbers. (Bend down select boards ;D) and so putting the pieces might seem difficult.


So here is the trick: check where
your right hand is if the last square at the end of where your right hand is placed in a white square then you know that’s where your white pieces are to be and if it’s black that’s where your black pieces are supposed to be.

Well enough of the boards and down to the arrangement.

All 8 pawns are arranged on the 2nd and 7th ranks respectively

The two rooks that look like castles are placed on the A and H files

Next to it are the wonderful horse-like creatures. The Knights placed on the B and G files.

The wonderful advisers and loyal servants to the king and queen; The bishops are placed on the C and F files on board.

Now we come to the only madam on board! The beautiful queens! 😀 You know most ladies love to combine their dress with their shoes. The queen is not an exception to this rule. *winks*

The shoes matches the dress

is a saying used to know the square the queen would stand? The white queen stays on a white/light square and the black queen stays on a black/dark square. I.e the D file.

Then the last but not the least! The one and only, the don, the oga at the top without him there is no chess. The king 🙂 of course, seats and stays beside his lovely queen i.e the E file.

Check out the photo below…


Next lesson the movement of the pieces…Stay tuned for more. Thanks for reading and share your opinions below!

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