How to position your chess pieces

The chess are a board game belonging to the war games. It first appeared in Europe in the 10ᵉ century. According to history, it was the Arabs who introduced chess to Europe. But the source of its conception remains unknown to this day. Today, chess is played by a wide range of million players and are the subject of major tournaments. Chess is played on a chessboardThe chessboard is like an apron, with alternating white and dark squares. The chessboard has a total of 64 squares. Each player has a number of pieces to place on the board, including a king, a queen, two bishops, two rooks, two knights and eight pawns. Each of these pieces has its own rules for movement. So how do you position your chess pieces? We explain everything you need to know to play chess correctly!

How to orientate a chessboard

image of chessboard orientation
Illustration of chessboard orientation. Source :


Before placing the parts, you need to know how to set up the chessboard correctly. You will find 8 rows illustrated by figures and 8 columns marked with letters from To at h. To recognize that the playing field is in place, make sure that each player has a white square in the bottom right-hand corner.

So the chessboard makes sense. However, the color of the squares is not always black and white. Black is often replaced by other dark colors to give a unique aesthetic without changing the game. Incidentally, as I (Alucare) am a big chess fan, if you're looking for super chessboards you can offer a Chess Board on the Chess PalaceI'd recommend him to 100%, he's a friend of mine behind the site and only makes quality chessboards.

Photo of a chessboard with pieces on it
Image showing a chess set ready to play. Source :


How do you place the pieces on a chessboard?

Placing pieces on a chessboard isn't as difficult as it looks. To make it easier for you to place each piece, proceed as follows:

  • First place the counters. They are placed on the second row. Place them side by side, whatever the color of the square.
  • Place the queen and the King. These two pieces are placed in the center of the first row. To make sure you don't make a mistake, refer to the color of the queen. If it's a white queen, she must be on the white square. The black queen is placed in the black square. The king stands next to the queen.
  • Next, we place the crazies these pieces frame the royal pair.
  • Both riders come after the crazies.
  • Finally, place the towers in each corner of the board.
Image of the location of each part
Image showing the location of each part. Source:


Finally, your battalion is ready to play. In the end, setting up the pieces isn't as hard as it looks!

How do the pieces move on a chessboard?

Each part moves according to their own rules. While the pawns and knights are quite complex, the other pieces are easy to move:

  • The counters can move around by one or two squares at the start of the game. After that, they can only move one square at a time, without being able to move backwards. To eliminate an opponent, the latter must be placed diagonally in front of your piece. It should also be noted that the pawn cannot jump over another piece.
  • the rider must move two squares forward or backward, then to the right or left. Its movement resembles an L. It can therefore jump over other pieces.
  • the crazy moves diagonally. It can move forwards and backwards, eliminating parts in its field of vision.
  • The towers move vertically and horizontally;
  • The Lady has the capabilities of both a rook and a bishop. It can therefore move vertically, horizontally and diagonally.
  • the King moves in the same way as the queen, except that it can only advance one square at a time.


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