How to set up a chess board [With Examples]

If you are new to chess then you need this helpful guide about setting up a chess board. This is an easy guide for setting up a chess board for amateurs and for beginners.

Let’s start.

In order to understand this setup, First, you need to clear your all chess pieces from the chess board. we just need an empty chess board.

These are steps to set up your chess board.

  1. The Direction of the chess board
  2. Pawns
  3. Rooks
  4. Knights
  5. Bishops
  6. Queens
  7. king

Now let’s start with the Layout of the chess board.

The direction of the chess board

The first thing you should note about the direction of the chess board is to place a white square on your right side.

If you have chess board in another color than standard color, for example, if you have a green and black color chess board then place the green color square on the right side. The same rule applies if you have another color chessboard.

Here is an example of the (Maple board color) with a white square on the right side.

setting up a chess board

Now you can see highlighted white square on the right side. A player with white pieces must have the right white square. As the above picture.

How to Set up Pawns

The pawns are easy to set up, just put your white pawns on 2nd rank and black pawns on 7th rank.

Here is the example.

How to set up pawns
How to set up pawns

 

Pawns are the easiest when we set up a chess board.

 

How to Set Up Rooks on chess board

In order to set up a chess board, you need to place rooks on the corner of the board. Here is an example below.

how to set up rooks
how to set up rooks

 

You can see highlighted rooks on the board. And there is no need to remember anything just have a look at and set up rooks.

 

How to Set Up a Knight on chess board

You just have to place a knight next to the rook. The same rule applies on the black side :). Here is an example.

how to set up a knight
how to set up a knight

 

How to set up a bishop on chess board

Both bishops will be set next to the knight. The same rule applies to black pieces. Here is an example.

how to setup bishop
how to setup bishop

 

How to set up a queen on chess board

The queen will be set next to the bishop but the square must have the same color. The simple rule is the queen belongs its color, for example, if you have white pieces, then your queen will be on the white square next to the bishop. Here is an example.

 

 

how to set up a queen
how to set up a queen

 

You just remember the queen belongs to its color. That’s all you need to remember.

 

How to set up a king on chess board

Remember King & Queen. Just place the king next to the queen. And another way to memorize is king on opposite color, for example, if you have a white king, then place on the black square and if you black king then place on the white square. So in short, place a king next to queen, make sure the queen must be on its color. Here is an example.

how to set up a king
how to set up a king

 

That’s all, If you completed the first steps of pawns then your completed chessboard will look like this.

 

Complete chessboard

Here is an example of a complete chess board if you followed step by step guide.

complete set up of a chess board
complete set up of a chess board

 

The only two things you must note, one is the direction of the chessboard, I mean the white player must have a white square on the right side. And the 2nd thing to remember is queen belongs to its color.

Conclusion

Most beginners make these two mistakes (direction of the board and setting up a queen) when they set up a chessboard. But now after this article and setting up chess pieces, you are no longer a beginner. Now you know how to set up a chessboard like a pro.

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