Play the online mini-chess game
Play chess online against the computer or versus a friend:
This free game opens as a web page. No installation. Mobile friendly.
This is an easy online chess game with a low difficulty level, suited for beginner and low-level chess players.
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How to play chess
A quick Chess introduction video for beginners:
Chess board setup
Chess is played by two players sitting across from each other. The board is positioned with a white square in the bottom-right corner towards you.
Chess startup positions
Your second row is filled with pawns. Starting from the left corner, your first row is set up as rook-knight-bishop-queen-king-bishop-knight-rook. The black pieces should mirror the white pieces so that each player’s Queen and King are across from each other.
Moving the Chess pieces
The object of the game is to capture your opponent’s king. This is done through the movement of your pieces. Different pieces move in different ways:
The King can move one square in any direction.
The Queen can move any direction and any number of squares.
The bishops can move diagonally any number of squares.
The Knights move in an L-shape, two squares up back or side to side then one square perpendicular to the first move or vice versa, moving one square then two squares. The knight is the only piece that can move over other pieces.
The rooks can move forwards backwards and side-to-side any number of squares.
The pawns can move one square forward, except for a pawns first move which can be one or two squares forward.
When a piece makes a move that ends on an opponent’s piece that piece is captured and removed from the board.
The pawns cannot capture a piece that is right in front of it. The can only capture a piece that is diagonally in front of them. This diagonal move by a pawn can only be made when capturing a piece.
The game begins with the white player going first. Each player can make one move per turn. Players take turns making moves with the goal of capturing the opposing King in mind.
When a move is made that can result in the opposing King being captured on the next move, “check” is announced. When check is announced, the opposing player must take the King out of danger by either moving the King or moving another piece to block it or capture the piece that is threatening the King.
When a move is made that a king cannot escape “checkmate” is announced. A king cannot make a move that would put itself into check. If no moves can be made without putting a king in check, the game is a draw.
If a pawn makes it all the way across the board it can be promoted to any piece.
When there are no other pieces between a king and his rook, the King can move two squares towards the rook and the rook is moved to the other side of the King. This is known as castling. The castling move can only be made if it is the King’s first move and the involved rooks first move also. The King cannot be in check or move through check to make this move.
When a pawn moves two squares on its first move an opposing pawn can capture it if it would have been able to capture the pawn had it only moved one square. The opposing piece would move as a normal attack and remove the pawn. This move has to be executed immediately after a pawns double jump move
Image above: Chess history: Chess players by S. Chlebowski (1835-1884)
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