The game of chess can sometimes be a confusing and time consuming game. There are many rules and regulations to playing the game properly and if you’re a beginner to this game it can be a little overwhelming trying to learn and remember all the rules. The best way to learn and remember is to keep playing. Play for fun, in tournaments, or teach someone else how to play. Here are some tips for learning and remembering chess rules.
Tip#1: Learn about the History of Chess
Many newcomers to the game don’t take the time to learn the history behind the game of chess. If you want to remember what the pieces do, then try reading into some history. The game of chess can give you insight into how people lived during the medieval times. When you realize the similarities between how the pieces are set up and moved you begin to realize that chess is a part of medieval history; remembering that history can help you remember some of the chess rules. Here is the history of each piece to help you remember what their “duties ” on the board are.
Pawns represent serfs, or laborers; notice that there are much more of them on the board than any of the other pieces. The pawns are often sacrificed to save the more valuable pieces. During medieval times the serfs often worked hard and usually died young. They were left unprotected during wars and could be traded easily or used as sacrifices so that landowners could escape harm.
Rooks are the castle shaped pieces found on opposite ends of the chess board. They are symbolic of a home or refuge.
The knight represents the soldiers or medieval times whose job was to serve and protect persons of a high rank. They rank higher than pawns, but not as high as bishops, queens, or kings. They, like the pawns can also be sacrificed to save the more important pieces.
The bishops in the game represent religion or the church. During medieval times the church had a lot of money and played an important role in everyone’s life. A bishop in medieval times was a very powerful position.
There is only one queen in the game of chess, much like in medieval times. She obviously represents a woman, but a very powerful woman at that. The queen during medieval times held a powerful yet precarious position. The queen often held more power than the king as she guided the King’s decisions in many things.
The king is the tallest piece on the chess board. If a king surrenders it means the loss of a kingdom to any invaders. It was to everyone’s advantage during medieval times to keep the king safe at all costs. The king is the most important piece on the board, but not the most powerful
Tip#2: Teach someone else how to play the game
One of the best ways to learn and remember something is teaching it to someone else. Teaching it to someone else makes you study it yourself and study aggressively. Think about it, if you’re going to teach someone how to play chess; someone who has never played before, you want to study the rules of the game so you can explain it to them properly. Teaching is the best teacher in this situation.
Tip#3: Play the game repetitively
Just like anything else you learn and want to remember, you have to keep doing it. You can’t expect to play a game once, put it away, and take it out again and remember all the rules. You have to play the game over and over again to understand, learn and remember the rules to the game.
Hopefully these tips for learning and remember chess rules help you in your endeavor to learn and understand the rules to the game.