Chess Basics from Sophie

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Hi Everyone! Welcome back to Chess for Chicas. I’m so excited to share some of my tips and strategies with you to help you come to love chess the way I do. In today’s blog I’m going to explain the basics of the chess board, including the pieces and how to set up the board. Oh, and before I forget, I’m working on a really cool “how to play chess” book for girls. It’s a lot of work but it’s coming along nicely. I’ll keep you posted along the way!

Okay, let’s start with the basics. A chess board contains 32 total pieces – 16 for each player. You and your opponent will each have 8 pawns, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, and 1 king. One of you will be the dark color (usually black) and the other will be the light color (usually white). When you set up the chess board, make sure a white square is always on your bottom right side. This is called “white on right.”

Below is a picture of a fully set up chess board:

Also note the images we use for each piece:







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