Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. As many as 15 million Americans play chess, both amateurs and professionals. Worldwide, chess is played in more than 150 countries. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn. The objective is to 'checkmate' the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. To this end, a player's pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, while supporting each other. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by voluntary resignation by the opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may also result in a draw in several ways.


  • "The only thing Chess players have in common is Chess" (Lodewijk Prins)
  • "When you see a good move, look for a better one" (Emanuel Lasker)
  • "Every Chess master was once a beginner" (Chernev)

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How to resize chess board by making them smaller or bigger?
In a modern javascript enabled browser, you should see a small chess board. Most Web browsers support the ability to zoom in and out so you can control the size of the chess board.

How to play
If You are playing white. To change that, click **swap**. You can swap sides at any stage of the game. To move a piece, click on it and click again where you want it to be. If the game is too easy or hard, click on the **computer level** button until it seems about right. Depending on you browser and computer, the slower settings might cause the browser to pop up warning windows. When you make a stupid move, you can undo it by clicking on the **undo** button. To jump back a long way, you can click on a move in the game log.


  • "It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men" (Savielly Tartakover)
  • "When you see a good move, look for a better one" (Emanuel Lasker)
  • "Chess is really ninety nine percent calculation" (Soltis)

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