Setting Up A Chess Board

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Chess Sets: How To Set Up a Chess Game

When you're just getting started, chess board setup can be a startling concept. Luckily, we have a step-by-step guide to setting up the chess board and making sure you're ready to go.

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Step 1. Place a board on your table so that a black square is on the left side of each person playing.

Setting Up A Chess Board Step One - Board

Step 2. Begin by placing your white king piece. He belongs in the fifth square to the right on the back line.

   Just remember, the white king goes in the black square.

   The black king piece should be placed directly across the board from the white king.

   The king piece has the cross on top.

Setting Up A Chess Board Step Two - Kings

Step 3. Place the white queen on the left side of the white king piece. It should be four squares from the left side of the board.

   Place the black queen piece directly across from the other queen piece.

   Remember: white queen = white square, black queen = black square.

   The queen has a crown.

Setting Up A Chess Board Step Three - Queens

Step 4. Place one bishop on each side of the king and queen pieces for both black and white.

   The bishop has a tall, skinny hat with a notch in the top of it.

Setting Up A Chess Board Step Four - Bishops

Step 5. Place one knight piece next to each bishop for both black and white.

   The knight often looks like a horse.

Setting Up A Chess Board Step Five - Knights

Step 6. Place a rook on each corner of the board.

   The rook looks like a small castle.

Setting Up A Chess Board Step Six - Rooks

Step 7. Place one pawn piece in front of each piece already on the board.

   The pawn is the smallest piece and has a round head. Each side has 8.

Setting Up A Chess Board Step Seven - Pawns

Step 8. Enjoy! It's time to play, so learn about how the pieces move, get your chess gear, and play one of the greatest games in history.

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