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Moving the Pieces

Wolverhampton Chess Club

There are three simple rules about moves in Chess:

1. White moves first at the beginning of the game.
2. White and Black take it in turns to move, making one move at a time.
3. Only one piece is allowed on any one square at a time.

You cannot 'pick up' and 'put down' various pieces - playing with them while you decide which move to make. If you touch one of your own pawns or pieces you MUST move it - unless, of course, it is an illegal move. As soon as you touch a piece you have to make your move with THAT piece. (There are other rules about touching pieces in the official rules but this is the most important one).


To play the game of Chess we need to find out how we can move our pieces so that we can effectively attack and capture some of the enemy pieces.

In a game of conkers you take it in turns to " whack" your opponent's conker. In conkers some " whacks " are more damaging than others. One blow might be very slight but the next a shattering one.

Chess is very much like this. One move may be a weak one and the next most powerful. You must wait your turn to move and when you do have your go make sure that you do the very best you can.

When you have decided upon your move, make it boldly. If you pick up a piece, then put it down, then pick it up again, then hold it for a couple of minutes, it is perfectly clear that you were not quite sure of your move when you first touched the piece. This will tell your opponent so. Do not touch the piece until you are sure that is the best move! Then move it confidently (and hope for the best).

If, in some way, a piece or pawn is disturbed accidentally, you may want to adjust its position on its square. When you do this, you must first warn your opponent what you are going to do. Some players use the French expression—" J'adoube" (I adjust). If you fail to give a warning your opponent may insist that you move the piece you touched.

An example of a game opening

The first move in a game of chess is always made by White. In this diagram he moves his pawn.
It is now Black's move he also moves his pawn.
It is White's turn again. He moves his Knight.
Black now has to move and he also moves his knight.