Saving the Queen: The World of Chess


Chess is a game of royalty. It has a queen, bishop, a king, knights, rooks and pawns. It is played on a board that has sixty four squares and the squares have alternating colors. Every player is supposed to have sixteen chess pieces whereby out of the sixteen there is one king, a queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights and the rest are pawns.

Starting a Game

At the beginning of the game the chessboard is laid out so that each player has the white (or light) color square in the bottom right-hand side. The chess pieces are then arranged the same way each time. The second row (or rank) is filled with pawns. The rooks go in the corners, then the knights next to them, followed by the bishops, and finally the queen, who always goes on her own matching color (white queen on white, black queen on black), and the king on the remaining square.

The player with the white pieces always moves first. Therefore, players generally decide who will get to be white by chance or luck such as flipping a coin or having one player guess the color of the hidden pawn in the other player’s hand. White then makes a move, followed by black, then white again, then black and so on until the end of the game.

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For you to play chess well then you have to know that your greatest asset is mobility. You also have to anticipate the moves of your opposers. When you know when and how to move then you can be able to enjoy a win. Not all pieces are equally mobile therefore do note that the more moves a piece can make, the greater the power it possess.

Pawns: Pawns can only move forward. On their first move, they can move one or two squares. Afterwards, they can move only one square at a time. They can capture an enemy piece by moving one square forward diagonally.

Bishops: Bishops can move any number of squares diagonally.

Knights: Knights can move only in an L-shape, one square up and two over, or two squares over and one down, or any such combination of one-two or two-one movements in any direction.

Rooks: Rooks can move any number of squares, up and down and side to side.

Queens: Queens can move any number of squares along ranks, files and diagonals.
Kings: Kings can move one square at a time in any direction.

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This game is all about the player’s wit. For beginners all the moves that make you gullible will be revealed but with every game you lose comes an insatiable appetite to face your opponent and outwit them. This game is so good that it is played internationally and this year all great chess players from around the world will be meeting in Russia to outwit each other.

November, 10 2015 – MOSCOW, RUSSIA – The World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, the commercial partner of FIDE, are pleased to announce that the next FIDE World Chess Candidates tournament will take place in Moscow, Russia in March, from 10th to 30th 2016.

The “Tashir Group” is an official partner of the tournament. The event will be supported by the Russian Chess Federation.

This will mark the second time that the Candidates is taking place in Russia, with Khanty-Mansiysk hosting the 2014 event.

8 players, including 6 of the World’s top-10 rated grandmasters, representing 6 countries, will take part in this prestigious chess event.

The winner will determine the challenger to compete against the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship. The World Championship match is planned to take place in November 2016 in the USA.

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