Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1 : How to Identify Chess Pieces

Now I’d like to tell you a little bit about
the actual pieces, and I would like to start with actually giving you the names of the
pieces. The first piece is the pawn. You’ll notice that there are eight pawns arranged
across the board, and eight pieces arranged behind those, so that each player does start
with a total of sixteen pieces on the board. These pieces here are called Pawns, and this
piece here is known as the Rook; sometimes called the castle for obvious reasons. The
piece that resembles the horse is called the Knight. This is known as the Bishop. This
piece here is the King, and this piece is the Queen. Now, one very important thing to
note in setting up the Chess Board, is that the Queen must always be on her own color.
So here is a white Queen on a white or red square. Of course, at the other end of the
board; the other side, you would have a black Queen that would be on a black square. Some
people have problems recognizing the difference between the Queen and the King. The actual
difference is that the King is a slightly taller piece than the Queen, and it does have
the cross on the top, so that’s an easy way to distinguish between the two pieces.

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