You are a beginner in chess and do not know that how to set up a chessboard. There is no need to worry. In this article, you will learn chessboard setup step-by-step. So, let us start discovering the world of the chessboard.
Before starting let us identify the pieces on the chess board. For a professional game of chess, we consider the chessboard and its pieces very simple so that everyone can identify it. You can easily understand the chess pieces names in the image attached below.
In just 7 easy steps your chess set up will be ready and you will be ready to take chess next move.
Step 1: Orientation of Chessboard
The right orientation of the chessboard is very important. Set up the board like this – it’s important that it’s the right way round.
A white square is always on the right, from the perspective of the players who are sitting at the chess board.
Step 2: Setup the pawns on a chessboard
Put the pawns on the chessboard like shown in the below image. They go along the second row. A row of white pawns, and a row of black pawns. There is a total of 8 pawns for each side.
Step 3: Place your castles on a chessboard
Place your castles (rooks) on the board. The rooks go on the furthest corners. White rooks with the white pawns, black rooks with the black pawns. There are 2 rooks for each side as shown in the image.
Step 4: Placement of Knights on a chessboard
Place your knights (horses) on the chessboard. Place your horses on the chessboard right after the rooks. There are 2 knights for each side. You should now have a row of four empty squares between your knights.
Step 5: Placement of Bishops on a chessboard
Place your bishops on the chessboard as shown in the image below. Each bishop goes next to its knight of the corresponding color. There are total of 2 bishops for each color or side. You should now just have a row of two squares between your bishops.
Step 5: Placement of Queen on a Chessboard
Place your queen on the board as shown in the image below It’s important that she goes on her own color. The black queen on a black square, the white queen on a white square. This will leave one empty square between your queen and a bishop.
Step 7: Placement of King on a Chessboard
Place your king on the board as shown in the image below. He fits in the last square between your queen and a bishop. He will be on a square that’s different from his own color and you have set up a chessboard successfully.
You are now ready to start your chess first move. This is the easiest way to setup a chess board.
In chess, the player with the white pieces always moves first. You can decide who plays White and who plays Black through any method of chance. One way is to hide a white pawn in one hand behind your back and have your opponent choose.