How to play at chess? Discover incredible facts

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After knowing what you need about the board, the pieces and some moves. Now you need to learn how you can play chess and its advanced rules.

For playing chess correctly, you need to know about: check, checkmate, abandonment, tables, and other important rules. You will know later. How to play at chess? Keep reading and become a master.


you use the word Check in the game while a player’s king is in a position to be captured by the opponent’s piece.  For example, if a white queen is on the same row or column of the king, the king is being threatened by the queen. The player has to say “check”, although it is not mandatory to say it, is significant for a good player.

The king is a piece to protect at all times, it should not attack.

Apart from that, a player can not make a move with the King when there is a threat to an opponent’s piece.


If a player remains in check and has no way to defend himself, either by covering himself with another piece, moving the king or capturing the opponent’s piece, this player loses the game, he is in checkmate.

Tables and abandonment

There are different ways to get “draw” in chess. One of them can be after a player makes a move then one of the players proposes the tables and it is the opponent’s decision whether to accept them or not. The other way is the game becomes too long, among other cases.

This often happens when both players do not find a way to end the game.

If one of the players is failing or bored with the game, he can leave the game with the characteristic move of knocking the king down and offering to leave.

Cases in which a game remains in tables:

  • Drowned: Although it is difficult to arrive at this situation. The experienced players who are at a disadvantage manage to make the game drowned. This is the case when the player in turn, without being in check, cannot make a legal move, thus concluding the game in tables.

Winning a game and then being drowned is frustrating so stay alert so this does not happen to you.

  • Position repetition: If a player repeats the same movement in the same position three times in a row, his opponent has the right to claim a draw. This, according to the FIDE rules. Visually, repeating a position is for example, when a person moves the rook two squares to the right and then places it back two squares to the left, etc.
  • Fifty moves: After making fifty (50) moves between the two players and the game has not yet been decided, there is no capture, nor a pawn advances. If a player requests it, the game will end in a draw.

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Sometimes there is a case in which these tables are because there is not enough material to help finish the game or there is checkmate. When it is very difficult to capture the opponent’s king as for example when on the board there is a bishop and knight against the king, this rule is put into practice.

You should capture the enemy king in a maximum of fifty (50) moves.

  • Insufficient material: When none of the players has the material to finish the game by giving mate to the opposing King, the game is drawn. It can happen when the following pieces left on the board:

First case: King and bishop vs. king, or also King vs. knight or bishop.

Second case: King vs. king.

Third case: King and knight against the king or both players have king and knight.

There is a possibility of checkmate with one king and two (2) knight. This situation is possible when the opponent does not another option. If the opponent plays well it will not be possible to finish the capture of the king.

The pawn is opportunities for promotion. So it gives a chance to convert a pawn into another piece that can capture the king.


The piece played, piece moved

Although this rule is not for beginners or friendly games. It is a rule applies in professional tournaments. Also if players who know how to play chess place it before starting the game.

The name of the rule indicates the use of the same one. If you touch a piece in your turn, you will have to move it obligatorily even if a better movement has occurred to you.

If you touch more than one piece you must move the first piece you touched, either by mistake or because you wanted to touch it. So if you touch one or more of the opponent’s pieces, you will have to capture the first piece that can be captured.

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When you play one of your own pieces and then one of your opponent’s. You must capture your opponent’s piece with the one you played. If the movement is not legal, you will have to capture your opponent’s piece with your nearest piece.

This rule has the following exceptions:

  • When a player makes an illegal move, that move can be rectified to a legal move. Playing with a clock, you can fail a game with an illegal move if the other player wants it.
  • If there is no real intention in touching the piece.  Maybe you stood up or moved your torso and inadvertently hit one of the pieces. Then, in this case, this rule does not apply.
  • Touching a piece that has no legal move does not need to be moved.

On the board, there are times when the pieces are out of order. You want to fix them so that they don’t get out of order. Then, you have to ask permission from the other player before carrying out the action and not after.

You must pay attention to the rules so that you don’t damage your game and you can fully enjoy chess. Also be alert to your opponent’s movements so that he doesn’t take advantage of the game.

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