How to Identify Chess Pieces

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Learn tips on how to properly identify chess pieces in this free video clip on board games and strategy games.

Part of the Video Series: Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 1
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Video Transcript

Now I'd like to tell you a little bit about the actual pieces, and I would like to start with actually giving you the names of the pieces. The first piece is the pawn. You'll notice that there are eight pawns arranged across the board, and eight pieces arranged behind those, so that each player does start with a total of sixteen pieces on the board. These pieces here are called Pawns, and this piece here is known as the Rook; sometimes called the castle for obvious reasons. The piece that resembles the horse is called the Knight. This is known as the Bishop. This piece here is the King, and this piece is the Queen. Now, one very important thing to note in setting up the Chess Board, is that the Queen must always be on her own color. So here is a white Queen on a white or red square. Of course, at the other end of the board; the other side, you would have a black Queen that would be on a black square. Some people have problems recognizing the difference between the Queen and the King. The actual difference is that the King is a slightly taller piece than the Queen, and it does have the cross on the top, so that's an easy way to distinguish between the two pieces.


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