Chess is a game of perfectly executed tactics, being able to think several moves ahead and having a touch of luck. For beginners it may seem like a daunting task to learn the seemingly overwhelming amount of rules and the necessary strategies to effectively plan a game of chess. The best thing a beginner to chess can learn is how to move each piece in a chess set. By knowing these rules and the guidelines for how to play them you can start to build your chess knowledge arsenal.

Starting with the most important piece, the king, he can only move one space at a time, forward, backwards or diagonally. Though you must be exceedingly aware of how and when you move your king, because one false move and you end the game. Next to the king is the queen. She is a powerful player, able to move any number of spaces diagonally, forwards or backwards. The queen is one of the most powerful pieces in chess and can be used as an intimidation technique to keep your opponent at bay. On either side of the king and queen are the bishops. These pieces can only move on diagonals, but do not have a limit on the number of spaces they can move. Bishops are wonderful as secret traps, lying in wait at the corner of the board, where your opponent may not notice them until it is too late. Next to the bishops are the knights, a most peculiar piece that can only move in an L-shape, two spaces in one direction and one in another. They are the only piece that can jump over other pieces and are great for getting into hard to reach spaces. Then, on the edges of the board are the rooks. They can barrel forwards and backwards or side to side, but can only move in straight lines. But in combination with each other, and possibly your queen, you can easily make a trap for your opponent. The last set of pieces in a chess set are the pawns. These pieces can only move forward, never backwards. In their first move pawns can move two spaces, but every subsequent move can only be one space, though they are able to take pieces that are diagonal to them. An interesting move that pawns can make is, if you can get your pawn all the way to the further row from you, in your opponents territory, then you can swap it out for any piece you want, usually that being another queen.

When learning how to play chess the best beginner’s strategy is to adaptable and to know how and when to move you pieces. From there it is all observation and practice.