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How to set up a Chess Board

Chess piece identification

If you're using a traditional chess set, your pieces will look something like this:

Identify chess pieces

Step One

Correctly Orientate the board. It is important to place the board the right way round. The rule is 'white on the right'. When sat facing the chess board the square that's the furthest on the right must be white. This will apply to both players if it's oriented correctly.

Orientating the board
Orientating the board

Step Two

Put the Pawns on the chess board. Place all sixteen pawns on the board as shown in the diagram.

Setting up a chess board - pawns
Step Three

Put your rooks on the chess board. The rooks are the pieces that look like castles (assuming you're using a traditional chess set. Place them on the outer corners of the board. White rooks with white pawns and black rooks with black pawns.

Setting up a chess board - rooks
Step Four

Put your knights on the chess board. Your knights (horses) go next to your rooks, obviously keeping all the white pieces on the same side and the black pieces on their side.

Setting up a chess board - knights

Step Five

Put your bishops on the chess board. Your bishops go onto the board as shown in the diagram, they go next to the knights.

Setting up a chess board - bishops

Step Six

Put your queens on the chess board. You should now have two spare squares between your bishops. Put the black queen on her side on the black square. The white queen goes on her side, on the white square. The rule is that the queen always goes on her own colour for the start of the game.

Setting up a chess board - queens

Step Seven

Put your king on the chess board. See the diagram for where to place your kings. They go on the remaining square between the queen and bishop.

Setting up a chess board - king

The board is now set up. White always goes first. Have a great game of chess!

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