Chess is a game of rules and strategy. Understanding how not to break the rules in chess is done quite simply by learning and remembering the rules of the game. This can be difficult at first when there are so many different things to remember. Learning the history behind the game can help you steer clear from breaking the rules in chess.
Chess originated in India in the sixth century. Its earliest form was chaturanga which means “four divisions of the military ” (infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots). In 600 the name changed to shatrani and the rules were somewhat changed. Around 1475 there were several changes made to the game and it is what we know it as today. These changes made it possible for the pawn to move two squares on its initial move; rendered the queen the most powerful piece, etc. These rules quickly spread throughout Western Europe. There was however one rule which was established in the nineteenth century; the rule of stalemate which is when neither player can win.
Now the part that helps you not break the rules in chess is learning specific moves and details in strategy so you can put your best foot forward. In the game of chess you will be given sixteen white or black pieces to play with. The player given the white pieces is the first to make their move in the game to begin play. Rules of movement are important to know if you want to play by the rules.
1. Pawns can only move forward one square at a time unless it is there first initial move; then they can move two squares if they are unoccupied. When a pawn piece has reached the opposite side of the board they are promoted to a different piece of the game; usually the queen.
2. The rook can move any number of open squares up or down, back or forth.
3. The bishop also moves any number of open squares but in a diagonal direction.
4. The queen is the most powerful piece in the game and can move any number of open squares in all directions. This is why she is the most powerful piece in the game.
5. The knight moves in an L-shape and is the only chess piece that is allowed to jump over other chess pieces in its attempt to capture enemy pieces.
6. The king can move exactly one square up, down, sideways, or diagonally. During the game the king is allowed to make one special move called castling. He does this with the rook piece. This is a defensive measure taken by the player to stop the king form being in the check or check mate position.
During a leisurely game of chess the touch-move rule may or may not apply. During a more serious game such as tournament games or competitions the touch-move rule in always applied. The touch-move rule is simply this; if a player touches one of his pieces as if having the intention of moving it, they must then follow through with their initial actions if it can legally be moved. If a player simply wishes to touch a piece to adjust their chess piece they must first alert their opponent of their intentions. You can only adjust pieces during your turn.
If a player makes an illegal move they must retract the piece they have moved and make a different play with the same piece. If the play is being timed by a clock the rules for illegal moves may vary. The player can correct their illegal move if he hasn’t pressed his clock. If they make an illegal move and press the clock, two minutes are added to the offender.
The best way to know how not to break the rules in chess is learning what the rules are and remembering them. Once you have learned the rules, you will have a better chance at playing correctly and not being disqualified from any games.