Where Do Chess Pieces Go

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Where Do Chess Pieces Go?

Chess pieces have their own starting positions and every player should know that every chess piece has their own moves.

Find the starting position of each chess piece on your board and remember them. Please note that chess pieces are always placed on the first 2 ranks that are going left to right and the last 2 ranks going right to left.

In the beginning chess pieces can be moved according the rules across the 8 rows of the board. The end game is when there's no move left for a player that would prevent their opponent from taking the king.

Now is the time to learn how to place all Chess Pieces in the right place before you get started.

Chess Board Placement

The Pawns

If a pawn makes it to the other end of the chess baord, then it can be traded for another piece to be freed. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

A pawn represents the army of farmers that was the masses in many armies back in the day. It is a brute force unit that wins the battle for its allies without the support of many units. One of them is used to support the king, which is the high-end pieces that needs protecting just like your territory.

In medieval times, a pawn was a soldier of the lowest rank. It is believed that pawns were only allowed to fight in order to secure the return of a loved one.

A pawn could only advance one space in the beginning, but with time the rules were changed so that the pawn can move 2 fields on its opening move.

In the modern era, pawns in chess can move only forward for 1 field and can only take opponent's pieces diagonally. Just like the king it can only move 1 space, but a bad move is usually much less consequential and pawns are often sacrificed for gains in board position. Generally, if you take a pawn of the opponent, you earn one point.

The Rooks

The chess rook points directly ahead, and can move straight any number of squares, but never diagonally. As it does move forward or backward or sideways, it can take opponsents pieces. The rook represents military might and protection. It reminds the player of a watch tower that let's you spot opponents in all four directions. The rook can move around the board, the same number of squares as forward or backward.

The Knights

The knight piece is truly a mysterious piece! Its movements are a little difficult to understand for the beginners and it is certainly a pivotal piece in chess. If you are a beginner you would wonder where do knights go, how can they move, and how many squares does it actually move.

Interestingly, there are many squares in the chessboard that the knight cannot travel to. Furthermore, it cannot travel to any square that is blocked by its own pieces. The knight can take an opponent's piece by travelling to a square that is occupied by an enemy pawn or other figure.

The movement of the knight is 2 squares one way and 1 square at a right angle. If a knight moves 2 squares one way then it can only go 1 square left or right from there. It's definitely the weirdest move in chess and makes it so that the knight will always end up on a field in the other color than when he left. An example of this is moving from a1 to b3.

This is the simplest movement for a knight that is why beginners get it easier. They can go to more than one square depending on what they are trying to do.

If a knight moves 3 squares then it can only move in a L-shape, or the shape of an L. An example of a knight moving 3 squares is if it moves from the d1 square to the b2 square.

The Bishops

The bishop chess piece can move in four different directions, but all of them are diagonal. Depending on the direction the chess board is turned your bishops are either exclusively black and white or the other way around. In the diagram above, the black and white squares are the same. We can see on the black squares, the bishop’s diagonal line ends in an arrow pointing down. On the white squares, the arrow ends on an up diagonal line.

The Queen

Chess is the traditional home of the queen, but why? Good question. The queen is typically the most powerful chess piece. Many people believe that it’s because the queen is such a strong piece, that it needs a royal home in which to live.

But, I disagree. Fewer than half of the landmasses on the planet can support a queen, so she would not have a place to stay. Plus, queens can be moved into any of the 8 rows, so why should the palace be limited to a single row?

I propose that some cultures assigned the queen to her castle out of an abundance of “queen-ness.” The queen obviously deserves a palace made of diamonds and rubies and so forth. But, while the pieces can all fit in one castle, the second castle would be made of less valuable resources.

The gold brick rooks fit into their castle just as well as the other castles, so they all earned their palaces based on which castle is superior, not based on their individual abilities.

The King

In the game of chess, the king acts as the most important piece and the most valuable piece on the board.

Other pieces are able to capture one another but only the king is able to be captured by all pieces. The king is also the most protected piece on the board. During the game, it can be placed in any of the eight squares surrounding the white king.

The most valuable position for the king in the entire game is the two squares in front of the line of the central file; the “queen” squares. The king can also move along this diagonal, but cannot move into or through the corner squares.

It’s All About Practice and Mastery

In a game of chess, there are a variety of different player pieces that are required to play a game. The king, queen, rooks, bishops, knights and pawns are all common chess pieces.

Additionally, there are also chess pieces that can appear a variety of different ways during a game. The king has the possibility of being a bad guy, and the queen can also transform into other chess pieces. As a result, you have five less pieces and a variety of fun possible.

As a beginner, you’re likely to only recognize certain chess pieces, but as you play more, you’ll learn to recognize them all. If you’ve only ever played on a console, then you likely wouldn’t recognize the queen in this photo, but once you’ve seen her on a chessboard with a few games under your belt, you’ll recognize her right away!