Chess Strategies For Beginner
The basic rules, moves and strategies of chess for the beginner. Includes outlines of chess competitions.
Chess is a strategy game that can be played anywhere. There are chess competitions played all over the world and usually involve using clocks and points, which is something that will be explained as well as basics such as the names of the pieces, where they go at the start and the objective of chess.
Chess is played on a checkered board, using 32 little pieces that you move. Each piece has its own name. The two opponents each have 8 pawns, which are the smallest men in the front row; these pieces cover the entire second row of each end of the chess board at the start of the game. On the two corners of each opponent's end, a rook/castle is placed at the start. Going from left to right in the square beside the rook, the knight/horse is placed. Beside him is the bishop, which looks a lot like the pawn only
bigger. The opponent going black then has the king, which is the tallest piece with a cross on the top beside the bishop. Then beside him the queen, which looks like it is wearing a crown. Then another bishop, another horse and another castle at the end.
Now I am going to assume that you know how to move each piece and move on to the rules of chess.
Each opponent can only have one turn at a time taking it in turns. Each opponent can move their pawn two spaces at a time, but only on that person's pawn's first move. If your pawn makes it to the other side of the board then it can be changed into a piece of your choice.
Once you take one of the opponent's pieces (or kill them) then that piece is taken off the board and cannot return until a pawn reaches the other end. However, if the pawn does reach the other end and one of the pieces that you want to change it into is not yet off the board (e.g. your queen), you can still change it by using a different piece or two and turning it into a queen (e.g. two pawns).
The object of chess is to take the other person's king (check mate). You cannot actually take the king off the board but if there is no way that the opponent can prevent you from taking the king in the next turn then that is check mate and you win.
In competitions, however, there are other ways to win. In a lot of competitions they use clocks. These clocks time the amount of time that each opponent takes to make his/her moves. They can have anywhere from 5 minutes to 4 hours. The game either ends when one opponent is put into check mate or someone's time runs out. The person whose time runs out first loses. And another way is points. Points are used when the two opponents are being timed together rather then separately. You get points when you take one of your opponent's pieces. Each piece is worth a certain amount of points. The pawn is worth 1. The bishop and knights are both worth 3. The rook 5 and queen 8. But the king still cannot be taken off the board and check mate still ends the game.