If you’re just starting out in chess, this is the place to begin. The articles in this category are especially written for the chess “newbie,” and some of them are written for the absolute chess beginner. In any case, if you’re early in your chess career, then you’ll find information here to help you make progress.

An Illustration of the Power of the Queen – How the Pieces Give Check

We all know that the Queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard. What some beginners (and even some intermediate players) don’t appreciate is the great trouble the Queen can create for the other player. I want to try to give you an idea of how the Queen can be used by showing you …Continue reading: An Illustration of the Power of the Queen – How the Pieces Give Check

Chess Notation Part 2 – Captures, Castling, and Checkmate

In the first part, we saw how the moves of the pawns and pieces are recorded, but we still have to see how captures are recorded, ambiguities are resolved, and some other matters. I haven’t put the labels along the side of the board for all the diagrams in this post. If you need to …Continue reading: Chess Notation Part 2 – Captures, Castling, and Checkmate

How to Play Chess – Rules of Checkmate

Today’s article is about the rules of checkmate. Checkmate is the object of the game. The object is not to have more pieces than your opponent; it is not to play the most beautiful game; it is to checkmate your opponent’s King. Checkmate occurs when the King is in check (hopefully your opponent’s King) and …Continue reading: How to Play Chess – Rules of Checkmate

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