# Introduction to Chess Naming the Chess Squares Names of the Pieces Initial Setup Materials taken from Teaching Chess Step By Step manuals, Books 1 and.

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Introduction to Chess Naming the Chess Squares Names of the Pieces Initial Setup Materials taken from Teaching Chess Step By Step manuals, Books 1 and 2 (owned by Eagle Crest Charter Academy)

Naming the Chess Squares A “file” refers to the squares that go up and down a single line. Hint: “single file” Each file has a letter: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h.

Naming the Chess Squares A “rank” refers to the squares that go side to side in a single line. Hint: rank = row Ranks are numbered 1-8. We usually say “6 th rank” instead of rank 6.

Naming the Chess Squares A square is named by a combination of the file letter and the rank number. Each square name is unique.

PRACTICE: Naming the Chess Squares For each piece on the chessboard, identify the name for the square where that piece is placed.

PRACTICE: Naming the Chess Squares Take turns placing one piece on the board and having your partner identify the name for the square where that piece is placed. White always goes first. If you have a question that cannot be resolved with your partner, raise your hand and wait for a Coach. Non-interference: you cannot interfere with anyone else’s game.

Names of the Pieces KING: The King is the most important piece in chess. The goal of a chess game is to capture your opponent’s king. Identify the King in the lineup below:

Names of the Pieces QUEEN: The Queen is the most powerful piece in chess. Identify the Queen in the lineup below:

Names of the Pieces BISHOP: The symbol for the Bishop is from the hats they wear. Identify the Bishop in the lineup below:

Names of the Pieces KNIGHT: The Knight rides a horse and is the only piece that is able to jump over other pieces on the board. Identify the Knight in the lineup below:

Names of the Pieces ROOK: The Rook looks like a little castle. Identify the Rook in the lineup below:

Names of the Pieces PAWN: Pawns are the foot soldiers. Each side begins with a lot of pawns on the “front line.” Identify the Pawn in the lineup below:

PRACTICE: Names of the Pieces Identify each picture of a chess piece with its correct name. King Rook Bishop Queen Pawn Knight

Initial Setup Tips: “White on Right” The white Queen goes on the white square and the black (dark) Queen goes on the black square.

Initial Setup The “power pieces” are placed on the 1 st (white) and 8 th (black) ranks.

Initial Setup The pawns form the “front lines” on the 2 nd (white) and 7 th (black) ranks.

PRACTICE: Initial Setup Remove all of the pieces from your board and mix them up. See how quickly you can set up your own chess board (correctly, of course!)

REVIEW: Initial Setup Which black piece is missing from the board? Which white piece is missing from the board?

REVIEW: Initial Setup Which black piece is missing from the board? Which white piece is missing from the board?

REVIEW: Initial Setup Identify what is wrong with the starting setup.

REVIEW: Initial Setup Identify what is wrong with the starting setup.

REVIEW: Initial Setup Identify what is wrong with the starting setup.

PRACTICE: Initial Setup Set up your pieces properly. Take turns testing each other on “which piece is missing” or “what is wrong with this setup.”

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