The primary objective in chess is to checkmate your opponent's King.

The goal of the game of chess

In this section we look at the goal of the game, check, checkmate, Remi and Stalemate.

Winning the game

The game can end in four ways:

  1. When one of the players has captured the other's King.
  2. One of the players give up.
  3. It is a draw, or Remi as it is called in chess.
  4. A player has no legal moves left

1. When one player's King is threatened by one of the opponent's pieces, then that the King is "in check" and the one who makes the attacking move simultaneously says loudly to the other: "Check!". There are then three options for the threatened player:
(i) Move the King to a square that is not threatened.
(ii) Block the threat with another chess piece.
(iii) Attack the threatening chess piece.

If none of this is possible to do, the King is lost and it is then called that the King is in "Check mate!"

2. A player can give up the game at any time. This usually occurs when the player has lost many valuable pieces, where the opponent's pieces are much stronger and the chances of even Remi are extremely small.

3. Remi (a draw) can occur in several ways. One example is when the players have each taken out most of each other's pieces but neither has the upper hand. One player then offers the other Remi, and if accepted, the game ends in a draw.

4. Another way in which a chess game can end in remi arises when one of the players cannot move any other pieces other than the King, who in turn can only move to squares that are threatened. This is called "Stalemate" and also results in remi.

Tip: Stalemate is a great defensive resource to play for when you are losing and everything seems hopeless. Many games in chess history have been saved by this resource! It might not be considered fair play, but that is just another part of this intriguing game.