Outline of chess

Playing chess requires two-players, a chess board and chess men. In a chess game, each player has sixteen pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. The purpose of the game is to checkmate the opponent’s king, that means when the opponents king is under immediate attack and there is no way to defend it from attack. Chess is usually played for enjoyment, as a hobby and sometimes as an educational tool. Chess games distinction is not clear yet as many games are also considered as work (such as for professional players) or art (such as jigsaw puzzles or games involving an artistic layout such as Mahjong, solitaire, or some video games).

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  • Board game– game in which counters or pieces are placed, removed, or moved on a board according to a set of rules. Games may be based on pure strategy, there are chances of mixture of the two and usually have a goal which a player aims to achieve.
  • Strategy game– game (e.g. computer, video or board game) in which the players often use decision-making skills.
  • Two-player game– game played by just two players against each other.

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Vital equipments required:

  1. Chess board (checkerboard with of 64 squares (eight rows and eight columns) in two alternating colors (white and black).
  2. Rank– horizontal row of squares on the chessboard.
  3. File– vertical column of squares on the chessboard
  4. Chess pieces– two armies of 16 chess pieces, one army white, the other black. Each player controls one of the armies for the entire game. The pieces in each army include:
    • 1 king – most important piece, and one of the weakest (until the endgame).
    • 1 queen – most powerful piece in the game, with a relative value of 9 points. The top of the piece is crown-like.
    • 2 rooks – look like castle towers and have a relative value of 5 points each.
    • 2 bishops – stylized after mitres (bishops’ hats), and have a relative value of 3 points each.
    • 2 knights – usually look like horse heads and have a relative value of 3 points each.
    • 8pawns – smallest pieces in the game, each topped by a ball. Pawns have a relative value of 1 point each.

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How each piece moves

Moving a pawn– pawns move straight forward one space at a time, but capture diagonally. On its first move, a pawn may move two squares forward instead. Also, pawns are subject to the en passant.

  • En passant– on the very next move after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, an opposing pawn that is guarding the skipped square may capture the pawn (taking it “as it passes”), by moving to the passed square as if the pawn had stopped there.
  • Pawn promotion– when a pawn reaches its eighth rank it is exchanged for the player’s choice of a queen, rook, bishop or knight (usually a queen, since it is the most powerful piece).
  • Moving a knight– knights move two squares horizontally and one square vertically, or two squares vertically and one square horizontally, jumping directly to the destination while ignoring intervening spaces.
  • Moving a bishop– bishops move any distance in a straight line in either direction along squares connected diagonally. One bishop in each army moves diagonally on white squares only, and the other bishop is restricted to moving along black squares.
  • Moving a rook– rook may move any distance along a rank or a file (forward, backward, left, or right), and can also be used for castling (see below).
    • Castling– special move available to each player once in the game (with restrictions) where the king is moved two squares to the left or right and the rook on that side is moved to the other side of the king.
  • Moving the queen– queen may move like a rook or like a bishop (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), but no castling.
    • Moving the king– king may move one square in any direction, but may not move into check. It may also make a special move called castling.
  • Castling – special move available to each player once in the game (with restrictions) where the king is moved two squares to the left or right and the rook on that side is moved to the other side of the king.

 

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HOW TO CASTLE IN CHESS

Castling is a move in the game of chess involving a king and either of the player’s rooks. At the opening of a chess game or to be on the safe side it is sometimes a good idea to move the rook in the middle of the board where action takes place and the king at the place of the rook, where it lays unharmed. This is called Castling and it is special defensive maneuver. This move was invented in the 1500s to accelerate the game and also to stabilize the offense and defense.  It involves two steps and two pieces and it’s the only move in chess game when more than one piece can be moved in one go.

In tournaments there is rule established that one must move the king first, and then the rook, in order to castle.

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In order to castle following few move should take place:

  1. Castling is possible in a chess if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.
  2. The king and the rook must be in their original positions and never have been moved. (The other rook may have already moved.)
  3. There can be no opposing piece that could possibly capture the king in his original square, the square he moves through or the square that he ends the turn.
  4. The king should not be in check

Castling consists of moving the king two squares towards a rook on the player’s first rank, then moving the rook to the square over which the king crossed. If the king castles queen-side the rook must move three squares. However on the king-side the rook only moves two.

Do not forget that you can only castle once in the whole game

All You Need to Know About En Passant Move

En passant is a French expression which means “in passing” and is abbreviated as e.p. It is a movement of series in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square. It is probably the most confusing move for beginner chess players. Actually, many may not even know that this move exists, making it the source of many arguments. En passant may only be played straight away after a two-square square pawn advance, or the right to capture “in passing” is lost.
After pawns were granted the ability to move two squares on their first move, the En passant rule was introduced in 1490 to prevent pawns from having too much power or freedom. En passant is the only occasion in chess in which the capturing piece does not replace the captured piece on its square.
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Before then pawns could only move one square forward at any time, resulting in many boring defensive matches. The 2-square move was introduced to encourage more positive play and quicker development of the pieces. Nevertheless, some of the more attacking players felt that their opponents were using the move to dodge being captured by the forceful player, already on the 5th rank while the slowcoaches were still on their starting square. As a result, the en passant rule was introduced to ensure that attacking play did not grow unrewarded when defenders used the 2-square move for a purely defensive purpose. It is similar to the rule that prevents castling across squares under attack by an opponent’s piece. 5th century, most people played by rules which didn’t allow the pawns to move two squares on their first move. When the two square pawn move was added to speed up the opening phase of the game, it was noticed that it was now possible for a pawn to sneak by an enemy pawn on an adjacent file — something that was never possible when pawns plodded along at one square per move. The following conditions must prevail for a legal passant capture.

1. The capturing pawn must be on its fifth rank;

2. The captured pawn must be on an adjacent file and must have just moved two squares in a single move (i.e. a double-step move);

3. The capture can only be made on the move immediately after the opposing pawn makes the double-step move; otherwise the right to capture it en passant is lost.

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How to improve your chess game?

1. Know how to play chess: The first and the foremost thing is to learn how to play chess, it is an obvious tip but everything has to have a perfect start. Play slow games often and analyze them later with the help of a stronger player.

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2. Practice: Practice makes a man perfect so more you practice playing chess more will you improve. The tendency to learn tricks and win the game will get higher and higher. Every time you will end up learning something new.

3. Study openings: You need to know the common openings carefully so that you are familiar with the tips and tricks of the game. Try to figure out the overall plan, even if you are unable to track the individual detail of the moves.
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4. Focus on the tactics: Focus on what and how you want to accomplish. Keep a track on all the moves in your brain and studying tactics will improve your chess skills a lot quicker than anything else. Imagining situations will make you more clear about the game. Know different kinds of mating nets and general strategy.

5. Use a smaller chess board while practicing: With a smaller chess board, you can concentrate better as you don’t have to move your eyes around so much. It helps individuals who have trouble paying attention to details, strong/ weak squares, hanging pieces, tactical positions, and possible traps.
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6. Practice online: If you have difficulty finding a partner to practice with you. Play online! There are many online players from all around the world, and you can play chess with different active people on chess websites for as many number of hours you want.

7. Research: Read, study and research more and more about the chess, players, moves, tactics, skills etc from the net. This will encourage you and help to you add further knowledge to your existing ability.

8. Enjoy the game but pay attention: While playing make sure you take it easy and have fun while learning something new from each game. It will boost your confidence for future chess games.

9. Study mid and endgames– At higher levels, there will be more and more positions where you will have to know mid- game tactics to move forward to the end game, a key characteristic of you chess.

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10. Replay the game of good players: It is an easy way to improve your chess skills. You can replay many games by openings, player name, tournament, board position, position fragment, and material balance and so on.

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Benefits of Chess!!!

1.) Sharpens Your Memory: Playing chess is beneficiary for memory. While looking for good moves, you always keep on sharpening your mind in search of a good move. Your memory becomes strategic as you keep on targeting your opponents’ chess men.

2.) Develops Your Imagination & Logical Thinking: You are always alone while playing the game. Your mind will become imaginative as you create combination of various good moves. There is always a one turn and you know the importance of that. That enhances your logical thinking.

3.) Gives You Self-Motivation: As once you made mistake in the game, you are one which will help to give you motivation and takes you to the next level. You will get aware of your capabilities while improving the mistakes.

4.) Improves Concentration: Concentration is important part of Chess, as for a second if someone loses his concentration in the game that might result in defeat. As during a game, one’s main concentration is how check mate and win the game.

5.) Makes You Self Dependent: Playing Chess always forced you to make your own decisions. Your performance will be wholly dependent your own judgment.

6.) Grows Your Dendrites: Dendrites are the branched projections of a neuron that act to conduct the electro chemical stimulation received from other neural cells to the cell body. Antenna picks up signals from your brain cells when you are playing. Learning a new chess skill helps dendrites to grow.

7.) Teaches You How to Plan Before: Playing chess can enhance your prefrontal cortex growth and will help you to plan and make better decisions in all aspects of life.

8.) Make You Calculative: As chess is calculative game, you always keep on counting the moves in order to get rid of opponent’s Chess Men.

9.) Useful for Kids: Numerous researches have proved that kids obtain higher reading skills, improved math’s level and greater learning ability. Those kids who plays chess has better performance unlike other kids.

10.) No Age for Chess: There is no age for playing Chess like other Sports. Young can play a game with old person and old can play with young ones.

How Chess can improve your Analytical skills?

There are numerous of ways by which you can enhance your analytical skill and brainy cleverness by playing chess- the game of the kings!

You can learn to play chess at any group. It is beneficial for everybody especially for teenagers as it improves the memory of the player. Chess is regarded as a great exercise for the brain. Creativity also increases as you learn how to make moves by brewing up your own ideas. It lets you build up interest in future planning as it clear that by playing chess you got to be prepared surely in advance. Inner ideas develop repeatedly as your brain is active. Problem-solving expertise is also enhanced as the game of chess is like a big puzzle, where you need step by step sorting. The biggest benefit of playing a game of chess is it improves concentration level. Mental clarity also develops. Focusing your mind on your aim is most important and vital while lack of concentration like looking away or thinking about something else even for a single moment can result in the loss of a match similarly in real life not aiming for your target may lead to failures. Playing chess has loads of advantages. After every game you seem to learn a lesson or you can say you construct a new vision/outlook to see things. Chess is played between two players and each player is independent to compose the pattern of the game. In other words you are forced to make crucial decisions on your own. It is a very challenging game and one gains a lot of confidence by playing it. All you need is focusing power which builds up with practice. As you all know “practice makes a man perfect”.

Chess is very useful for children. With physical exercise, mental exercise is also needed. So chess is a game to challenge one s brain. It involves lots of calculation work which enhances the quick response ability. The child gains presence of mind. He becomes responsible and disciplined.

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Chess word when heard develops a classy picture in one’s mind. It is one of those games which develops a high momentum interest and can turn into favorite pastime. Gifting Play-Stations, iPods and other electronic devices to kids is very common trend. Adding a spark by presenting all purpose chess set this Christmas can lead to appreciation as it is quite educational game and improves ones presence of mind. It can be enjoyed by playing it anywhere over a small get together. One can also entertain his mind over long boring hours during holidays. The game can become very exciting with lots of practice. The most happening thing about the chess that it can be played alone as well.

The latest world championship match held in Chennai, southern India has also made people crazy about owning their own chess game at home. So if you are out of ideas for choosing gifts, you can hit it by purchasing chess this time by checking of the internet’s most famous website chessbazaar.com.