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How To Play Chess — board setup

Playing chess at nothingbutchess.com takes the guess work out of setting up the board, as it is done for you. However, there are rules for setting up the board and where the pieces should go at the start of the game and it is good for you to know these rules.

In terms of the board itself, it is oriented correctly when there is a white square to your right. If there is a black square to your right, turn the board 90 degrees in either direction to position the board correctly.

To set up the pieces correctly, make sure that the pieces are in the position shown in the picture above. Each player gets eight pawns. For white, they all start off on the 2nd rank. For black, they all start off on the 7th rank.

Each player starts off with two rooks. For white, they start off on the 1st rank on the "a" and "h" columns. For black, they start off on the 8th rank, also on the "a" and "h" columns.

Both players start off with two knights, otherwise known as horses. For white, they start off on the 1st rank on the "b" and "g" columns. For black, they start off on the 8th rank, also on the "b" and "g" columns.

Each player starts the game off with two bishops. White's bishops start off on the 1st rank on the "c" and "f" columns. For black, they're initially located on the 8th rank, also on the "c" and "f" columns.

Each player gets one queen. For white, it starts on the 1st rank on the "d" column. For black, it starts off on the 8th rank, also on the "d" column. If you can't remember which column the queen goes on, remember that the queen always "gets her color". So the white queen goes on the white square (on the 1st rank) and the black queen goes on the black square (on the 8th rank).

Each player gets one king, that starts off next to the queen.

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