How to Set Up a Chess Board

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Step 1: Rooks

Get a numbered and lettered chess board. First, put the two rooks on A and H.

Step 2: Knights

Next, put your two knights on B and G.

Step 3: Bishops

Next, put the two bishops on C and F.

Step 4: Kings and Queens

Then, put the queen on D and the king on E.

All the pieces should be on the line numbered 1.

Step 5: Pawns

Finally put the pawns on the numbered line 2, directly in front of the pieces. You should have 8 pawns.

Then do the same for black, but on the other side of the board, following the same instructions.

Step 6: Begin the Game!

Good luck and have fun.

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    5 Discussions


    4 years ago

    The bishop hat is called a miter. I always just look at the color to place the queen. They go on their respective color


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very nicely done!

    I always wondered why the horses were called knights, while the guys with the obvious knight-like helmets on were called bishops. I think we'll never know... :)

    Great guide, thanks!

    2 replies

    The horses are called knights because long ago, they actually had riders, so they looked like knights on horseback. Eventually, however, people decided that it was too time-consuming to carve the whole thing, so they just made horses. As for the bishop, if you look at a picture of a Catholic bishop, you will see that their hat is exactly the same as the chess piece.

    This Instructable just took me to a whole new level. I'm now a master of setting up chess boards.