# How to Play Chess

This is an explanation of the rules of chess. I love the game, and I wanted to do my own illustrated tutorial. I know that there are other Chess Instructables, and I hope that this will add to the growing Instructables chess community.

I tried to explain as much as I could using illustrations. If the written directions are confusing, take a look at the pictures. For the more complicated rules, I illustrated them in sequence.
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## Step 1: Setup, Turns, and Taking Pieces

Setup:
The board is setup as shown. There should always be a white square at the closest right-hand side for both players. Remember that the queen must be on a square that matches her color.

Turns:
White always moves first, and players alternate turns. Players can only move one piece at a time, except when castling (explained later).

Taking Pieces:
Players take pieces when they encounter an opponent in their movement path. Only pawns take differently than they move (explained later). Players cannot take or move through their own pieces.

## Step 2: Pawn Movement

Pawns only move forward. On the first move a pawn can move one or two spaces, every subsequent move can only be one space. Pawns move diagonally to take opponents.

Pawn Promotion:
If a pawn reaches the opposite side of the board, it is promoted to a higher piece (except king). There is no limit to how many pawns can be promoted.

## Step 3: Rook

Rooks move in a continuous line forwards, backwards and side-to-side.

## Step 4: Knight

Knights are the only pieces that "jump" off the board. Unlike other pieces they are not blocked if there are pieces between them and their destination square.

To make it easier to remember how a knight moves think of an L. Two spaces in a direction forward, backward or side-to-side, and one space at a right turn.

## Step 5: Bishop

Bishops move in continuous diagonal lines in any direction.

## Step 6: Queen

The queen moves in continuous diagonal and straight lines. Forward, backward and side-to-side.

## Step 7: King

The king can move in any direction, one square at a time.

A king cannot move to a square that is under attack by the opponent.
GorillazMiko says: 5 years ago
Great job. I love chess, very fun, especially when you beat people to see their reactions. Great job once again, I feel like playing it right now!
awoodcarver in reply to GorillazMiko5 years ago
Lots of online sites for it , I run chess club at my sons school , check around your area and see if there is a club .......I just found one here ... hadent played an adult in a few years and enjoyed getting beat
Ilovechess in reply to awoodcarver3 years ago
I just started a chess club in my sons school too. I will need any help I can get. Please, send me some links to sites with instructions. Thx
lucek says: 5 years ago
bravo for the effort to educate the new batch of chess noises. 5 stars. when I was in chess club back in school I expected to learn new thing to help beat my dad but every one of them had on idea to develop strategies. I can't tell you how many disappointingly short games I played.
lumpy2783 says: 5 years ago
Thats interesting. I've been playing chess since I was 15 and I have never, ever heard of that move. cool beans
j626no says: 5 years ago
you should mention en passant. although its rare, it does happen and can be useful. maybe you did mention it and i missed it though. either way, nice illustrations.
blksheep (author) in reply to j626no5 years ago
Step 9 explains En Passant. I thought of putting it with pawn movement, but I decided to put it as a "Special Move" along with castling.