How to Play Chess for Newbies

Learning how to play chess is easy enough if you can understand basic chess moves and winning principles. One of the first things you should learn in chess is the primary object of the game, which is to checkmate or capture the opposing King. Delivering a checkmate requires placing the right chess pieces, rendering the opponent’s king unable to make a safe move. The game of chess involves conducting your own 16-man unified “command” army and maneuvering them around the chess board in order to render a checkmate. As you begin to learn how different chess moves work, it is also good to know what each of your pieces is worth in points so you will know the value of each compared to other pieces. Pawn is considered the weakest unit and is generally given a point value of 1. Moving up the ranks, a knight and a bishop is worth 3 points each, while the rook and queen are 5 and 9 points, respectively.

Before you start your first game, it also pays to note that a typical game of chess or a well-played game, rather, is composed of three stages. This begins with the opening game, which progresses to the middle game, and then the end game. The opening stage is where the opposing players bring out forces to prepare for combat. This leads to the middle game, when the players begin to maneuver for a better position and carry out defensive and offensive attacks/counterattacks. The final stage of the game begins when there are fewer pieces left and it is much safer for each player’s kings to join the battle.

Chess moves are played better in the center, which is why it is critical that you take control of the board’s center right from the beginning or the opening of the game. Influencing the center puts you in a better position to dominate the course of the entire game and in turn, take the victory.