How to Play Chess: Chess Rules for Beginners | ChessKid

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Want to learn how to play chess? Well, you’re in the right place! In this video, you’ll learn the six unique ways that each of the pieces move, how a chess game can be won and three special rules that you need to remember when playing the game (they may seem strange, but you’ll soon get the hang of it!)

In this completed animated video, FunMasterMike will help you learn the ropes, so you can start your journey to chess mastery. Chess is a unique skill that helps us to develop important skills, such as problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and helping us to see from another’s perspective.

We understand that chess can seem complicated at first…and that’s why our guide helps you to understand key terms such as ‘check’, ‘checkmate’, and ‘en passant’. Once you’ve finished this video, you’ll be able to learn more from FunMasterMike on our YouTube channel, including chess openings, how to set up a chess board and beginner’s tips. He’s a real-life chess master!

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00:07 – The Chess Pieces
00:19 – The Rook
01:01 – The Bishop
02:07 – The Queen
03:08 – The King
04:01 – The Pawn
06:19 – The Knight
08:11 – The Goal Of Chess
08:20 – Checks And Checkmates
11:36 – Stalemates
12:34 – Castling
14:45 – Special Pawn Moves
15:02 – Pawn Promotions
15:53 – En Passant Captures
17:46 – How To Set Up The Chessboard
18:07 – Tips To Play The Opening

How to play chess:

The player with the white pieces always moves first.

How to Move the Rook: Rooks can move in any straight line and can not move diagonally. Rooks can not jump across other chess pieces.

How to Move the Bishop: Bishops move across the diagonals of the board. Bishops on a dark square can only move to other dark squares in a diagonal. Bishops on a light square can only move onto other light squares.

How to Move the Queen: The queen combines the power of the rook and the bishop. Queens can move diagonally and along straight lines and capture by running into any piece.

How to Move the King: The king can only move one square in any direction. However, it’s essential to learn what to do when your king is placed into ‘check’ by watching the full video from FunMasterMike!

How to Move the Pawn: The pawn usually only travels one square forward at a time. Only when a pawn is on the starting row can it move one or two steps forward. Pawns are the only chess pieces that capture in a different direction to how they usually move. Although pawns typically move in straight lines, they can only capture other pieces diagonally.

How to Move the Knight: The knight moves in an ‘L’ shape. The knight is unique because it can jump over other pieces when capturing material!

Make sure to watch the video to learn more about castling effectively, en passant captures, setting up the chessboard, tips on chess openings, special pawn moves, pawn promotions, stalemates, and how to win the game!

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