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You'd like to find a series of guides so you can learn the Basics of playing Chess.

For your Basics, we'll send you over to our Beginners Chess Guide.

Click the link in the Navigation menu (← left), if you want to go there immediately. Or, read on, if you want to know which of the beginner articles are most basic of all listed ...

SECTION I contains the most basic of all basic stuff a Chess player needs to know ...

  • Basic Chess Rules:

    The World Chess Federation (FIDE) compile and maintain the official Laws of Chess, at their website ... It's quite a lengthy document, so what we've done here is extracted just enough "Do's and Don'ts", to get you playing Chess quickly.

    It's often better to learn as you play and practice, rather trying to learn ALL the Rules off-by-heart, so we link to FIDE's Laws of Chess, so you can access more of their Laws, as you need them.

  • Individual Chess Pieces:

    Here, you learn to identify the Pawns and Pieces and get some basic facts, without slipping you too much, to avoid brain overload.

  • Chess Board Setup:

    Once you're familiar with the individual chess pieces, this chess basics article will show you where to place them on the Board ... Also check out this article to see the correct orientation of the Board (as there is a "right way up").

  • Annotated Chess:

    Chess Notation is used as an efficient system for recording events during games of Chess (i.e. Moves, Captures, Wins, Draws, etc.) ... For their Tournaments and Competitions, FIDE uses what's known as the Algebraic Chess Notation system, so that's what our guide explains.

    Once you understand Chess Notation, you'll be able to understand how to provide solutions to Chess Puzzles; you'll also be able to follow examples and instruction given by experienced Chess Players, in various training books, DVDs, courses, etc.

    Algebraic Chess Notation is used exstensively throughout this website (

  • Chess Board Zones:

    At first glance, the Chess Board appears to be a checkered pattern of 32 White/Light and 32 Black/Dark squares ... However, the Board can also be split into various Zones, which help when it comes to planning your Strategies and Tactics. You can also visualize the Zones, to help determine where advantages and disadvantages lie with both armies.

  • Ranks And Files:

    In addition to the other Zones, the Chess Board can also be split into rows (Ranks) and columns (Files). This was almost lumped in with Chess Board Zones, but there was enough detail to warrant a seperate page.

SECTION II, of the Beginners Chess Guide, groups together articles related to Movement and Development of your army.

After the Basic Chess Moves article, the other categories, for your chess basics requirements, are slightly more "intermediate-basic level".

As you're on a website with "Strategies" in the title, you'll probably want to explore the Basic Chess Strategy ... It is 'very basic', but then it is "Beginner-level" stuff. When you're ready for more, our separate Chess Strategies section should help you give your opponent a jolly good thrashing.

Our Basic Chess Strategy does mention potentially trading Pieces, so you'll probably also want to explore The Exchange article (also accessible from SECTION II).

There is a third section - the snappily-titled SECTION III - but that's not so much chess basics; more, additional articles, containing tips and advice to help make you a "better beginner".

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