Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1 : How to Read a Chess Board

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1 : How to Read a Chess Board


Ok so we have to start somewhere, let’s start
with the absolute basics. Let’s start with the board, now the board contains sixty four
squares. It is eight by eight alternate colored squares. Traditionally it was black and white,
but these days it tends to be more black and red. The important thing when you set up the
board to play chess is that you always have a white or red square in your right hand corner.
Both players must have that in their right hand corner. If you have a black square there,
the board is not set up correctly. The different parts of the board, these are called diagonals.
These rows here are called the ranks, the ranks one to eight, these rows here are referred
to as the files and they’re typically named after the piece which is in the file. In the
next couple of lessons we’ll be looking at how the piece is put out but typically if
you had a knight, we’d typically start in this square. We’ll come into that, this would
then be the knight’s file and so forth.

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