All you should know about chess before you begin – Beginners Guide

If you are a chess beginner this post is for you. If you already have experience with chess continue reading our other articles.

Chess is a two-player board game played on a multicoloured board. The board has 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 framework. 32 figurines are usually required with 16 for each player. Asides these facts, here are facts you should know about chess before purchasing your own board.

  • Each player has a combination of 8 pawns, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 1 queen and 1 knight. Its history can be traced to India several centuries ago and is popular among people from all works of life.
  • It is considered the most popular competitive game in the world as an estimated 600 million people play it.

Chess is not about brute strength, skill and brawn like football or boxing but rather about it. It is known to be complex due to its rules. It is not so difficult to understand though as even children can learn it, as seen in the true-life story which was adapted into the high-grossing movie “Queen of Katwe”. An 8-year-old also recently became a chess champion in New York. This game, however, requires plenty of focus and dedication. Playing as often as possible; up to 2 games a week and consistently is ideal.

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A lot of thinking & End Game

Chess has been known to increase intelligence. The way the chess player’s brain processes data is marginally improved. A lot of calories are also expanded during the game which is quite surprising for a game which requires sitting down and moving chess pieces.

In the game of chess, bonus time is awarded when a fast move is made. That is, if less time is used than the standard time for each move, additional time would be gotten for the next move. It is common in competition and tournaments and may not be necessary when played for fun.

It is important to note that the more the game is played, the better the understanding of the game and how it is played. With every new game, experience grows proportionately.