Learn how to set up the chess pieces correctly.
On the right lower corner there must be a WHITE SQUARE.
White Queen sits on a WHITE SQUARE
Black Queen sits on a BLACK SQUARE
The first bishop is placed beside the King. The second bishop is placed beside the Queen.
The Number 1 starts on White’s side.
The Number 8 starts on Black’s side.
How to set up a Chess Board – See Chess Board Setup below
Chess Board is turned around
The board is turned around above, but same rules apply. As you can see above there is a white square at the right hand side lower corner (where the rook is placed upon).
The white queen is placed on a white square and the black queen is on a black square. The number 1 starts on the side with the white chess pieces and the number 8 starts on the side with the black pieces.
The board has 64 squares, 32 squares are dark and 32 are white squares.
Rows and Files
There are rows ( or ranks) and files. A row consists of 8 horizontal squares. A file consists of 8 vertical squares.
Each square has coordinates. (for example: a2, h1 -See above-)
The position above is described as follows:
White: Kc6, Rc8
Solution: 1…Ka6 2.Ra8++ checkmate
There are long and short diagonals. Make sure to place bishops on open diagonals where they can show their optimal power.