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Win At Chess By Learning The Names Of Chess Pieces And Their Role In The Game
Chess is a game of strategic movements; with your ultimate goal being to checkmate the king belonging to the other player. When a king is in checkmate, he is in a position where he cannot escape capture. Every piece to the game is highly valuable (regardless of rank). Your men (and one powerful female) will include pawns, knights, bishops, rooks, a king, and a queen. One must understand the role and names of chess pieces for success.
The first pawn move can be either one or two squares but only toward the opposing side. After that, it can only move one square forward at a time. Your pawn can only move forward and it can only overtake an opponent piece that is one square diagonally in front of it. A pawn may be of low rank but as you will learn through study and playing, they are quite valuable in defending the higher ranks.
The two knights are also unique in a couple of ways. They are the only pieces that may jump over other men on the board. And each move will consist of going two directions (to cover three squares). The three squares must create an L shape. In other words, the knight may move forward two squares and then once to the left or right. You may include any direction but the diagonal to make that L move.
The two bishops you are given may move diagonally. This straight line movement has the benefit of being able to move over as many squares as you choose. Jumping pieces is not allowed. As with most of your other pieces, bishops are not allowed to jump over other men.
When playing the rook you may move forward, sideways or backward. No jumping is allowed and the rook cannot move on the diagonal. However, the move may include any number of squares. As with the other pieces, the rook move ends when you make a capture or when you choose to stop your straight line play.
The final two pieces in the game of chess are the queen and king. As long as the queen does not move over any of her own pieces, she may move over as many squares as she likes. She may move in any direction (backward, sideways, diagonally or forward). The queen is the most capable piece due to the moves she is allowed to make. Where the queen is the most capable, the king is the most valuable in rank. With all his value he is still only able to move one square at a time (though it is in any direction).
One should definitely undertake some further study of rules and possible moves as it can improve your game. As you learn and practice, you will probably find that the game of chess is a calming pastime. However, you must understand the role and names of chess pieces for success.
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