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How to Play

Basic Rules


The main objective in chess is to checkmate your opponent's king. T his means the king is in a position to be captured (in check), and there is no legal move to prevent the capture.

Board Setup

The chessboard consists of 64 squares, arranged in an 8x8 grid. Each player starts with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns.

How the Pieces Move

Special Moves

Winning the Game

The game is won by putting the opponent's king in a position where it cannot escape capture (checkmate).