How to Play Chess

In order to learn how to play chess you can use some of the on line resources or books. Chess is a very intellectual and complex game. It has evolved from an Indian game called shatranj to its current form somewhere around 15th century.

Its rules are very simple. The game includes tactics, mathematics, strategy and a lot of risk calculations. It is played by two players – one using white chess pieces and the other one using black chess pieces. Chess pieces are placed on the chessboard in symmetrically. There are six types of chess pieces: pawn, bishop, knight, rook, queen and king.

At the beginning of the game each player controls sixteen chess pieces: eight pawns, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, one queen and one king. White player always makes the first move. Each piece has its own way of moving which is a simple concept, yet it spawns all kinds of logical problems you have to solve if you want to win. In order to win you have to make other player’s king end up in checkmate.

This word comes from Indian “shah-mat” which literally means “the king is dead”. Theoretically speaking, you should be able to play chess just by knowing the way chess pieces move. All the fun in chess comes from that part. Yet, to be a great chess player you will need a lot of experience. The only way to improve your playing is to play as much as you can with as many different players as possible.

Different people react differently in the same situation, and you can learn a lot analyzing these reactions and the moves each of them makes. Chess is about exploring and solving problems, not about memorizing your moves so that you can win every time.

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