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Chess Board Set Up Guide


STEP 1: Place the Board the Right Way Up!

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As you face the Chess Board, there should be a light-square in the bottom right corner. Once that's sorted, you're ready to start adding the Pawns and Pieces.


STEP 2: Add White's Pawns

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - a2
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - b2
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - c2
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - d2
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - e2
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - f2
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - g2
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - White - h2
Add White's Pawns

First, add the 8 White Pawns, in a line, onto the 2nd Rank (row).


STEP 3: Add Black's Pawns

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - a7
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - b7
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - c7
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - d7
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - e7
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - f7
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - g7
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Pawns - Black - h7
Add Black's Pawns

Next, add the 8 Black Pawns, in a line, onto the 7th Rank.

That's the Chess Board set up for the two sets of Pawns. Now it's the turn of the Pieces ...


STEP 4: Add White's Knights

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Knights - White - b1
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Knights - White - g1
Add White's Knights

Place one of White's Knights on the b1-square; the other White Knight goes on the g1-square.


STEP 5: Add Black's Knights

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Knights - Black - b8
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Knights - Black - g8
Add Black's Knights

Black's Knights go the mirror-opposite of White's Knights. Place one of Black's Knights on the b8-square; the other Black Knight goes on the g8-square.


STEP 6: Add White's Bishops

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Bishops - White - c1
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Bishops - White - f1
Add White's Bishops

Both Knights are placed on separate colored-squares. Place either of the White Bishops on the dark, c1-square; then the remaining White Bishop goes onto the light, f1-square.


STEP 7: Add Black's Bishops

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Bishops - Black - c8
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Bishops - Black - f8
Add Black's Bishops

Same again, but for Black's Knights ... One goes onto the light, c8-square, the remaining Black Bishop goes onto the dark, f8-square.


STEP 8: Add White's Rooks

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Rooks - White - a1
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Rooks - White - h1
Add White's Rooks

The Rooks go on the corner squares. Place one White Rook on the dark, a1-square; the remaining White Rook goes onto the light, h1-square.


STEP 9: Add Black's Rooks

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Rooks - Black - a8
KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Rooks - Black - h8
Add Black's Rooks

Place one of the two Black Rooks onto the light, a8-square; the remaining Black Rook goes onto the dark, h8-square.


STEP 10: Add White's Queen

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Queens - White - d1
Add White's Queen

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Queens face each other on the inner-left half of the Board. Place the White Queen on the light, d1-square.


STEP 11: Add Black's Queen

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Queens - Black - d8
Add Black's Queen

Black's Queen faces opposite White's Queen, on the dark, d8-square.


STEP 12: Add White's King

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Kings - White - e1
Add White's King

Kings, therefore, face each other on the inner-right half of the Board. Place White's King on the dark, e1-square.


STEP 13: Add Black's King

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KQA - Chessboard - Chess Board Set Up - Add Kings - Black - e8
Add Black's King

Finally, Black's King sits on the light, e8-square, facing White's King.

And you've completed the Chess Board set up. You're ready to play a new game of Chess!

To discover more and learn how to Play Chess properly, follow the link, below, to our Beginners Chess Guide.



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