Chess Basic Moves

Playing a game of chess requires two players, who take turns moving until the game ends. It could be two people playing, or a person versus a computer.

To get started you need to know how to set up the chess board. And you need to know how the pieces move. And you need to understand how the game ends with checkmate.

Basic Chess Rules

Some of the most basic rules are:

Players: There are two players in a game of chess.

Color of the pieces: The basic game of chess has two sides, which are usually called "White" and "Black", or "Light" and "Dark" pieces.

Moves: The players take turns, each playing one chess move. Each move usually means picking up a piece and moving that piece to a different square.

How many pieces? There are 32 pieces (16 each side) on the 64 squares of the board. Each player has 8 Pawns plus 8 bigger pieces (2 Rooks, 2 Knights, 2 Bishops, 1 Queen, 1 King).

What are all these Pieces? There are 6 types of pieces: