How to play Chess – Questions and Answers

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Are you a beginner at chess? You probably have many questions about how to play chess.

Use the Form at the end of this page to ask Questions

Please write as much as you can to describe your problem as detailed as possible, so others understand what you are talking about and can join the learning process as well.

Study first the lessons at Basic Chess Rules and make some effort yourself to learn the basics first, otherwise your questions are far too easy and might be outright stupid and will bore the others.

For example, avoid questions like: Can a knight checkmate the king? Of course, it can. All pieces can checkmate a king, a pawn too. Study Checkmates

After that, continue and go to Chess for Beginners.

When I started chess myself I had lots of Questions about Chess
Please read the answers to many questions on this page below, to get some knowledge about chess first, then ask. Most likely your question is already answered.

When you ask a question then please upload a diagram or image of the position or I may be unable to understand your question. And write down the coordinates of the position!

If necessary, I will correct any errors in spelling myself later, so your text will look good.

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Please, if you talk about a chess position here then learn and give exact chess notation or nobody will understand what you are talking about. Give coordinates of pieces (bishops, knights, rooks, kings, queens) first, then the coordinates of pawns.


Below you see the notation for the position in the diagram.
White: Rd2, Nf3, Kg2, g3
Black: Re7, Bf6, Kg7, g6, h7

chess diagram
R-Rook, N-Knight, B-Bishop, Q-Queen, K-King
For pawns just use coordinates ONLY

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Chess Openings

Chess Openings for White at Club Level
Stonewall Attack – Is this a good Opening?
Is Stonewall a playable opening?
Bizarre white move in Slav Exchange
Queens Gambit – How is this opening for White
Opening Repertoires and Opening Selection
Question on King’s Gambit
About Chess Openings


How to “analyze” Enemy Moves?
Question about Pawn Promotion
King moving into check?
Why would White resign this Position?
Check – but not Checkmated
Bobby Fischer versus P. Dely
Morphy’s Opera House Game
Not Castled
How to win
King in Center
En Passant out of Check?
Early Exchange of Queens


Rook and Knight Endgame
Checkmate with two Bishops
En Passant Capture not possible
Can the King capture a Piece?
Checkmate with Bishop and Knight Only?
Chess Endgame Book
Draw in King vs Pawn Endgame?
King and Rook-Pawn versus King – Endgame
How is it a Stalemate?
King and Rook versus King and Knight
How is this a stalemate?
Mate with 2 Knights
How to give Checkmate with a Rook?
Pawn and King Endgame
Endgame Rook and King versus Bishop and King?


Understanding Chess Engines and Cross Tables
How can I tell what the approx ELO for the computer is?
Anand – Carlsen head to head chess record
How To Test A Checkmate
Do I have to declare Check here?
Can a King capture a protected Piece?
Please solve the attached puzzle
Fifty Move Rule to give Checkmate
How do I aquire a Chess Rating?
How to improve my Chess Rating?
How do chess traps work in the openings?
Stalemate and Chess Scoring Outcome?
King versus King and Knight – Draw
Touch Move Rule – Moved – or not Moved?
Opponent doesn’t/will not play with Chess Clock
Pinned Pawn
I don’t feel comfortable or relaxed when playing a chess match. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Chess King Capture
Checking the King – Example
Smothered Mate
Chess Clock at 0
Who won or is this a draw?
Promoting a Pawn
Promoting a Pawn – Explained
Promoting a Pawn and giving Checkmate – Explained
Extreme high chess rating for Bobby Fischer?
Does time matter at all when only two kings are left on the board?
King-Rook Switch in Chess Castling
Do I need to know all the names of chess openings and traps as a terminology?
If you pickup is it rule to move?
Is there a 16 Move Rule?
What would happen if you ran out of time?
Thought Process in Chess
Chess Board Visualization in Mind – Blindfold Chess
How to Capture the Check Giving Piece
What is an Open and Half Open File?
En Passant Choice?
En Passant Examples
A Pawn can capture anytime!
Pawn last Rank Promotions when playing against “Computer”
Check this Position!
The Winner!

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