Learn Chess Rules
Rules of Chess
General Rules
Chess Setup
Pawn Rules
Rook Movement
Knight Movement
Bishop Movement
Queen Movement
King Movement
Castling in Chess
Pawn en Passant
End Game in Chess

Read "The Little Pawn" a children's story about chess

Rules of Chess

Chess has long been considered the sport of kings and aristocrats. It has only been recently that chess has become popular among all levels of society. And no wonder. Chess is great exercise. No, there are no head smashing, helmet scarring football tackles or exotic tumbles on a gymnastic mat. Rather the players exercise their minds.

The mind, like the body, will atrophy if left unused too long. Also like the body, it will get stronger if used in a constructive fashion. A game of logic, Chess exercises the mind by requiring players to think logically. Players are forced to think ahead and to analyze complex individual, yet interdependent factors. It has been said that Chess is a good way to learn about life. A person with the facility to win at chess is already a step ahead in conquering any complex problem on either a personal or business level.

Historians believe chess was originally invented in India around the 6th century AD. The game has changed only slightly since then with the advent of the queen in the 15th century and some minor movement adjustments in the 1800s. So those who play the game today share a link to a long and storied past, a link to men and women who lived and breathed the history of their day.

This site is dedicated to publishing the rules of chess in a graphical format that can be easily understood by the beginning chess player and referred to on occasion. Each page is linked to the next page in a logical order so you may read straight through all of the rules. I also make available (by ordering through Amazon.com) various books on chess…just in case you would like more in-depth knowledge on the subject under scrutiny. Some books are for beginners but many are for advanced players.

After learning the basic rules, it might be handy to learn a bit of chess notation.

Also by the author of this site: Learn how to play Spades!

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