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Getting Started In Chess : Part 3 – Setting Up The Board

Did you get an awesome board? Check!

Did you get some sweet chessmen? Check!

A Knight By Any Other Name

Now the time has come to join the board and pieces in a marriage of strategic bliss. Let’s set up the board, but first, you should probably know the proper names of the pieces.

This image doesn’t need many comments, but I would like to point out two common mistakes that immediately identify new players. The first is referring to the rook as a castle. While doing that isn’t 100% wrong it really screams I don’t know much about chess. The second is calling the knight anything besides a knight. It’s cute for about 2 minutes when a six-year-old does it, but to hear a grown person calling a knight a horse or some other name is insulting to the game.

Arrange Your Army

Now we can move on to setting up the board. The chess pieces are arranged the same way each time. The second row (or rank) is filled with pawns. The rooks go in the corners, then the knights next to them, followed by the bishops, and finally the queen, who always goes on her own matching color (white queen on white, black queen on black), and the king on the remaining square.

 

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