Setting Up the Chess Board

The chess board is comprised of sixty-four squares with two distinct colors, with each square arranged alternately to form a checkered pattern. Altogether, the sixty four squares form a bigger square, with eight smaller squares on each side. Before we instruct you on how to arrange the chess pieces on the chess board, let us first describe each chess piece so as to give you a grasp on their physical appearance:

The Chess Pieces There are thirty-two chess pieces on the chess board, and each player gets sixteen chess pieces, with each player's chess piece mirroring each other. Therefore, each player gets eight pawns, a pair of knights, bishops and rooks, a queen and a king.

The pawn is a round-headed and the smallest piece on the board.

The knight is represented by a chess piece that is carved into a shape of a horse.

The bishop is recognizable through its pointed head, as it represents the pointed headgear worn by bishops through time.

The rook represents a flat-topped castle tower that represents a fort.

The queen has a small, round-shaped crown and has a slender figure. It is second-tallest next to the king.

The king is the tallest chess piece, generally recognized because of a small cross above its head.

Note that the aforementioned descriptions resemble that of a standard chess set—one that is commonly available on the market and is used during official tournaments. Some chess sets contain pieces different from the standard set but the representation is basically the same.

Setting up the Chess Board Your sixteen chess pieces are to be arranged on the first two rows nearest to you. First, arrange the pawns on the row farther from you. The next step in setting up the chess board is to set up the pieces at the back, which consist of the remaining chess pieces.

The two rooks should be situated at both ends of the row nearest to you. Then, place the two knights beside the rooks inwardly, occupying the two squares of each respective rook. The same method applies with the two bishops, wherein they occupy the squares next to the two knights.

The king and queen are the next chess pieces to be arranged before you complete setting up the chess board. As this is the trickiest part, one way to do this is to study the two colors of the squares on the chess board. Normally, the color of the square complements the color of the chess pieces (i.e. one colored and one white). Should you have a colored chess piece, your king should be placed on the remaining white square. The queen, therefore, occupies the last remaining square. After that, you are finished setting up the chess board!

Setting up the chess board is not as complex as it seems. In fact, it is just an entry to a round of fun and challenging game of chess.

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