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How To Play Chess — object of the game

The object of the game
The object of the game is to put the king in checkmate. Let's back up a little bit and talk about what it means to put your opponent's king in check.

Check
The king is the only piece in the game that can not be captured. Instead, what you do is threaten to capture the king, or put it in check. So again, threatening the king is putting it in check. When a player's king is in check, the player has to get their king out of check on their next move. It is illegal to attempt to do anything else. A player can get their king out of check by either moving their king or blocking their opponent's attack with one of their other pieces.

Checkmate
So now that you know what it is for a king to be in check, checkmate is easy to understand. A person is in checkmate when there's simply no way to get their king out of check. When a person is checkmated (often simplified to "mated"), the game ends and they lose. The illustration below shows an example of checkmate. The white king can't stay anywhere on the "H" rank because of the queen, yet it can't escape to the "G" rank because of the rook.

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