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Hi. My name is Rebecca Taxman and I’m with Chess NYC and I’m going to tell
you, today, how to set up the chess board and understand the chess board.
So to start, there’s a couple things we need to know.

First of all, there is 64 squares on a chess board. This might not seem
like a lot, but let’s put it into perspective. There are more possible
chess positions within these 64 squares, than there are tiny grains of
sands in all the beaches of the world. So, this game is huge. And now, we
need to understand it in simple terms within these 64 squares.

So, first thing we should always notice is that we have two colors. We
have black or dark and we have white or light. Now unlike checkers, we use
all of the squares. Going up and down, we have our file. Each file is
recorded by a different letter. So for example, this is the E file. This
is the D file. And going across, we have our rank. Each rank has a
specific number. This is the fifth rank. This is the sixth rank. It’s,
like, rank and file like in the army.

Then, we have long diagonal. Our longest diagonal is here and here. Each
square on the board has its own name. For example, we use our rank and
file to find our name. This is A1. This square would be B4. If I wanted
to find E6, it would be right here, E6.

Now, we are going to learn how to set up the chess board. So to begin, we
place our rooks in the corner of the board, and we always start with the
white pieces down by the one and two and the black pieces start on seven
and eight. For this tutorial, I’m just going to set up the white pieces.

Our rook starts on A1 and H1. Next to the rook goes the knight. Now, we
never want to call this the horse, the horsey, or the pony. In chess
language, this is the knight and the knight starts on G1 and B1. Next to
the knight, we have the bishop. The bishop is considered, like, the king’s
messenger and the bishop starts on C1 and F1. And then, we have the king
and queen.

Now, we have these two center squares. How do we know which one goes
where? Very simple; the queen always goes on her own color. So since this
is a light colored queen, she goes on the light square of D1 and the king,
her partner, goes right next to her on E1.

Then, very simply, we just place our pawns as a little gate in front of our
pieces. So, there’s the basics of how to understand and set up the chess


  1. I know that how to play chess. I also know all kind of chess and how to play chess with writing

  2. There are a lot of GMs and IMs that call the knight a horse or pony

  3. jokes on you I will call it the horsey anyway 😛

  4. I already know this but I still watched it. You know, this is entertaining lol.

  5. her: "its called the knight, not horse or horsey. the knight"
    caption: "The nut"

  6. The grains of sand analogy against possible moves is insanity wow

  7. Ok well I just got a chess board but it doesn't have numbers or letters. WHY because it is a tiny chess board packed inside of a big die

  8. Nobody:

    People who don’t have ranks or files on there boards: 👁💧👄💧👁

  9. i just watched every video here and i won 18 out of the 20 games i lost. wowo

  10. Thank you for the help but my only question is where did you get your chess set at I would like to get that one

  11. Indians created the Chess and we called the rook as Elephant, Bishop as Camel and Knight as Horse. So feel free to call it Horse or Horsey.. that's the original name.

  12. Chess piece value chart:
    Pawn – None
    Knight – 3 pawns
    Bishop – 3 pawns
    Rooks – 5 pawns
    Queen – 9 pawns
    King – Off limits.


    Pawn – En Passant
    En Passant is a pawn technique of which your pawn is near to the enemy pawns you have to be at 2 slots away the enemy pawns (this will not work of a pawn is infront of your pawn)
    So this will only work if your enemy places his pawn besides your pawn (not diagonally) you can capture your opponents pawn without taking their place, if your opponents pawn is besides your pawn then you can capture it by moving diagonally behind your opponents pawn.
    (Will only work if your pawn is 2 tiles away from your opponents pawn if your opponents pawn first move!)


    Castling is a technique for the king and both rooks this allows the player to switch spots with the rook and the king
    (Will only work if you dont have any pieces beside your king, and will only work if your king doesnt move at the start of the game)

  13. What size your chess board leather.?

  14. I want chess as greek mythology
    King- Zeus
    Queen- Hera
    Knight- Pegasus/Unicorn
    Bishop- Hades
    Rook- Kerberus/ Normal castle
    Pawns- A normal soldier

  15. don't put her in situations where you know she's going to get hurt ‼️

  16. 1 Peter 5:7" Give all of your anxiety to God because he cares for you"

  17. First ,
    White Square in Right Hand Corner ( Board Orientation )

    White King On Black Square

    Black King On White Square

    Queens On Their Colour .

    This Places The ;
    ….. White King Is Now To The Right ( On Black Square ) , ( Viewed From Whites Playing End )
    Then Bishop ( On White Square ) ,
    Then Knight ( On Black Square ) ,
    Then Rook ( Castle ) ( On White Corner Square ) .

    At Black's End ;
    ….. Black King Is Now On White Square To The Center Left
    Then Bishop ( On Black Square ) ,
    Then Knight ( On White Square ) ,
    Then Rook ( Castle ) ( On The Black Left Corner Square ) .

    " Board Orientation "
    First , White Square In Right Hand Corner .
    Take A Look At How The Professional Boards Are Set .
    White Square Right Hand Corner . White King On Black Square. Black King On White Square . Queens On Their Colour .

  18. I don’t think that there are more chess positions than all the sand on beaches in the world lol

  19. I asked google assistant "lets play chess together"
    ive been denied again

  20. More moves then all the grains of sand in the world!!!. I guess will never know!😎

  21. Not a great video. She did inform the viewers that the far right square closest to each player must be a light square. Otherwise the board is not set up correctly.

  22. I know how to play chess still watching it

  23. As everyone is mentioning what are they called in there language here's mine (Hindi)
    In chess (or the chaturanga the original name of chess)
    Rook: Hathi (Elephant)
    Kinght: Ghoda (Horse)
    Bishop: Uth (Camel)
    Queen: Wazir/senapti (Commander in general)
    King: Rani (Queen)

    Now here's the confusing part, in some languages there's no such piece called English name King(the main piece) but Rani (which translates to Queen) which in English its called King, we have to manage to do checkmate, so if Rani is trapped the game is over.
    While in contradiction Some people call English name King as Raja (King) and English name Queen as Rani (Queen). I follow the 1st one so I always get confused while translating moves in english

  24. I just got a class about chess and I didn't knew anything about it but now I only know how pawn kinda works but all the others(queen, king, Brook? And some other) I still don't know

  25. Great video explained alot quickly. I appreciate that

  26. On a glass chessboard which is consider light and dark the see through? or the frosted color?

  27. such a nice chess set, can i please get the link to that exact board?

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