Play a simple, no-frills version of the world’s most famous board game. Play in a graphically simplified 8 x 8 board either against a computer or a human opponent. Follow all the essential rules of chess. How fast can you checkmate an opponent.
Challenge a friend or go against the computer
Control the white pieces when going against the computer.
To win, put your opponent in checkmate (where avoiding capture is impossible).
You may also avoid defeat by forcing a stalemate, where neither you nor your opponent can capture the pieces
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Chess Game for Kids and Adults Game Play Instructions
How to Play
Play this simplified version of the classic board game against a computer or a friend. Put your opponent’s king in checkmate before they do the same to you.
Starting the Game
Select start to begin the game.
Choose between single or multiplayer modes.
The game begins immediately with
Other game options
Toggle the game’s audio by selecting the sound button on the top left corner of the screen.
Open the options menu by clicking on the gear button on the top right corner.
The options menu give you the option to resume, restart, or exit your current game.
On the desktop, select a piece by left clicking on it.
On mobile and touchscreen devices, tap on a piece to select it.
To move the piece, click on the green space of your choice.
The game automatically highlights the valid placement of each of the pieces in green.
You can only move your pieces on the
Be wary of checks.
Check is where your king is in immediate danger of being captured in the next turn.
If you are in check, you must make a move that will undo the check.
If you are in check and have no valid moves left, you are in checkmate and lose the game.
If neither you nor your opponent can force a valid checkmate, the game ends in a stalemate.
Chess is one of the world’s most analyzed board games. We can’t discuss everything here, but we’ll cover the basics.
The board consists of 64 tiles distributed over an 8 x 8 square, colored in alternating light and dark patterns.
For numbering purposes, the rows are named after letters and the columns after numbers.
At the start of the game, the pieces are arranged in the first two rows.
The outer row consists of pawns.
The inner row’s outer edge starts with a rook, then a knight, then a bishop, then the queen and king.
The queen always takes her color.
Chess has 16 pieces per player.
8 pawns, foot soldiers who can move one forward space at a time.
One exception is as an option when they move forward for the first time. You may move them two spaces.
They can only capture other pieces diagonally.
Pawns are promoted once they reach the other side of the board, usually to queen.
2 rooks, representing watchtowers. They can only move in straight lines.
2 knights, represented by a horse. They can only move in an L shape consisting of 3 linear spaces and one space to the side.
They can only capture pieces where they land.
They can jump over other pieces.
2 bishops. They move and capture pieces diagonally.
1 queen. They can move in any linear direction (forwards, backwards, sideways, and diagonally).
She is the most powerful piece in the game.
When it’s time to promote a pawn, it’s usually to queen.
1 king. He is the most important piece of the game.
He can only move one space at a time outside castling.
Putting a king in danger of capture constitutes a check
The game ends when one of the players is trapped in a move where no valid move can escape a check. This is called a checkmate.
A stalemate is where the player who’s turn it is to move has no valid moves that don’t end in a check but is not in check where they are at present. The game ends in a draw.
Castling allows the king to switch places with a rook. This can only be done if:
Your king is not in check.
There are no pieces between the king and the rook.
Neither rook nor king have moved since the game began.
The black player is always on the defensive at the beginning of the game.
Players often begin by moving the pawns. Only pawns and knights can move in the first turns of the game.
Whether the players remain defensive or take initiative depends on the strategy they choose. Who has initiative may change through the course of the game.
Move your pawns forward to give your other pieces room to move.
Take control of the center of the board to maximize your advantages in the middle of the game.
Anticipate your opponent’s next move. This can help you avoid traps and help you set up counters.
Castle as early as you can in the game. It opens up the rook for attack and protects your king.
Examine your own moves and look into the consequences.
Will your next move leave your other pieces unprotected?
Will you gain an advantage if you lose a piece in the next turn? Is that advantage worth it.
Prioritize which piece to sacrifice. Lower-ranking pieces (pawns, knights) are often ripe fodder in the early game. What pieces are important in the end game? What gives you an advantage?
Chess is a game of analysis and patience; take your sweet time with every move.
For Learners and Enthusiasts
This bare-bones version of the game is suited for players who want a standard chess match between the computer or a friend. Plays.org has a variety of other chess games suited for both novice and experienced players:
If you want a child- and newcomer-friendly version of the game with adjustable difficulty, check out Junior Chess.
If you want to practice your skills, Master Chess, which also adjustable difficulty levels, is the game for you.
If you want to re-enact and learn from some of the toughest historical chess matches, check out Chess Grandmaster.
If you’re well versed in the game and want a challenge fit for a grandmaster, check out Tough Chess AI.
This game is suited for casual chess players of all ages.
There is no adult content in this game.
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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support
This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.
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