How to setup a game
Now –as you know-the board is set up that a dark square is in the left hand corner.
remember the 8 ranks (horizontal rows) and the files (vertical rows).
I`ll tell you how to setup the pieces: The white ones are placed on the 1st
and 2nd ranks
(a1-h1and a2-h2), the black ones on the last boths ranks (a7-h7 and a8-h8). Please look at the graphic below.
the black pieces: the king is placed on e8, the queen on d8, the bishops on c8
and f8, the knights on b8 and g8, the rooks again on the outer side, on a8 and
h8. On the 7 th rank are placed the black pawns. Please see at the graphic.
Note: do you see that the white and black pieces stand opposite to another?
Imagine a mirror on the board, sharing it into 2 pieces, then you see, both
colors of pieces are placed as the same. Now we have the starting position, the
one what you begin the game with. (please look a while at the graphic before.
I can give you a link, unfortunately it is without notation of the board, but
there you can test how good you understand to move the pieces and setup the game.
If you click on “starting-position” it will be setup, if you click “clear board” you`ll see only the board without pieces. Then you can setup each position (pieces) on the board. If you click: "make diagram", you can save it as picture into a folder for own pictures. So you can follow all the steps we`ll go with learning chess. Please look and read what is written about the graphic. We`ll work with it many times. It`s the only one I could find what you needn`t install before using and where you can test playing and trying out the pieces`s moves. If you want to see the board smaller or bigger, click at “change square size”. It`s a real nice site that is available each time!
Very important with setting up the game: The queens must be opposite to another, the white one on a light( d1) , the black one on a dark square (d8).
Now try to setup the pieces by the link for yourself! Now, this was the second lesson! Now you know how the pieces move and to setup a game, the beginning of learning a very nice game!