How to Set Up the Board | Chess


hi my name is Rebecca taxman and I'm

with chess NYC and I'm gonna 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 are 64

squares on a chessboard

this might not seem like a lot but let's

put it into perspective there are more

possible chess positions within these 64

squares then there are tiny grains of

sand in all the beaches throughout 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 in

white or light now unlike checkers we

use all of the squares going up and down

we have our files 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 ranks each

rank has a specific number this is the

fifth rate this is a 6-3

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 a rank-and-file

to find out the name this is a 1 this

square would be B 4 if I wanted to find

ecigs it would be right here e 6 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 1 & 2 and the black pieces start

on 7 & 8 for this tutorial I'm just

gonna set up the white pieces our rook

starts on a 1 and H 1 next to the rook

goes the night now we've never want to

call this the horse to horsey or the

pony in chest language this is the nut

and the night starts on G 1 and B 1 next

to the night we have the bishop the

bishop is considered like the Kings

messenger and the bishop starts on C 1

and F 1 and then we have the king in

Queen now we have these two Center

squares how do we know which one goes

where very simple the Queen always goes

on her color so since this is a light

colored Queen she goes on the light

square of D 1 and the King her partner

goes right next to her on e 1 then very

simply we just place our pawns it's like

a little gate in front of our pieces so

there's the basics of how to understand

and setup the chessboard