“Every chess master was once a beginner.” – Irving Chernev
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Beginners Guide to learning Chess

Chess is a game of skill, devoid of chance, played on a chequered board of 64 squares between two opponents, one with a team of 16 light-colored pieces and the other with 16 dark-colored pieces.

Welcome to Chess Learner

Chess Learner is a site started by some enthusiasts who want to teach you how to play Chess. We have all met people who have said that they don't know how to play and would like to learn. Maybe they are shy or there just isn't time to learn in that moment. Now we created a site to make it easy to get started with Chess. This is only a beginners site. For more advanced Chess mastery then check out our other links for the best places to learn.

Chess is a fun game and can be played for fun or for winning. At this level it is important to concentrate on the fun of learning to play Chess. We hope you enjoy the site and send us your tips for improvements.

Starting out - Moving across the board

First you should learn how the board is set up and then how all the different chess pieces move across the board. The game is a war and the goal is to win by taking out or locking out as many of your opponents pieces as possible.

Well that is partially right. The main goal is to put the opponents King in Checkmate. This can be done by crippling his defences, his army, and surrounding him with your army.

  • Try to play against a computer
  • Practice every day for 1 hour
  • Ask a friend to play with you.

Learn from your opponent

There are many ways to win a game of Chess but you may notice that there are certain patterns when your opponent starts to make the first moves. You should try to predict the next move of your opponent and when you have become good at that then you need to start really planning several moves ahead.

Chess is a great trainer for your brain and helping you to think logically. Everyone makes mistakes in the beginning and this is the best way we can learn. By our mistakes and watching how our opponent is thinking.

  • It's ok to make mistakes if you are learning from them.
  • Try to guess what your opponent is going to do next.
  • Try to think several moves ahead.

Setting up the board

Let's start from the very beginning. Here we will show you how to set up the Chess Board.

The Chess Pieces

Here we examine each piece, how many of each, their significance, power and points value.

How Chess Pieces Move

Here we will look at how each of the chess pieces moves across the board and takes other pieces.

Chess Openings

Here are two opening moves that every chess player should master in order to dominate the game.

Chess Strategy

You really have to be a Ninja to get the mindset and learn true Chess strategies in order to win.


There are only really three outcomes in a game of chess. You either win, remi (draw) or you end up in stalemate. In competitive chess the three are: checkmate, resignation and timeout.