Chess: a strategic journey - Part II - the 'castle-thingy' and the 'horsie'

Marion Duplo By Marion Duplo, 17th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Part II in my series about learning the art of chess.

First steps

As you'll well know by now, I'm learning about things I don't understand. Today is my second entry for my chess journey and I'm learning about the pieces on the board. I prefer to think them of characters in an epic war story, but hey, whatever floats your boat right?!

The feeble plebs

Every team has people in it that are not as strong as the others. I love an underdog, and being a small person myself, have always thought that the pawns were the coolest dudes on the board. Today I have learnt that there is some strength in numbers, and the pawns are the little expendable guys who will sacrifice themselves for the sake of their king. You know, like people at work who do everything and get no thanks for it. They occupy territory and hold it until the hand-to-hand combat begins.

The horsie attacks!

The Knight (or 'horsie' as I like to call him) is the offensive leader. He charges up across the front lines to swoop on the enemy and take their pawns. He's pretty cool; kind of arrogant, but I'm sure he's really cute under all that armour. The Knight always seems to be involved in the rapid attack skirmishes. He can leap and bound over other pieces, which is a cool feature that his fellow soldiers do not possess.

Bless me, Father

The Bishop is a quieter character who can move as far as he wants, but only in a diagonal direction. In some ways, this isn't too different from real life bishops who live their lives 'in line' with their beliefs. Bishops work well as a team, supporting each other's shortcomings as a pair.

'Castle-thingies' have a real name!

So the 'castle-thingies' are apparently called 'Rooks'. Whatever.

These guys are like the little stocky guys you love to have around when there's heavy lifting to do - a low centre of gravity and a steady grip go a long way! They are really powerful when you get them working in tandem, and they can move as far as they want in a straight line (back, forward, and sideways).

The Queen

The Queen is the hero of this battle-story. She is the most powerful character and calls all the shots. She can move practically wherever the hell she wants. She can go as far as she wants in any direction (forward, back, sideways, and diagonally!). The Queen is King!

The King

The King in chess is the prized possession of the chess aficionado. But he really is a symbolic leader, as he is one of the weakest players on the board; only able to move one square at a time in any direction. Lame!

Join me for Part III, when I'll start moving some pieces around!!

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author avatar Buzz
17th Nov 2011 (#)

Marion, would you believe I haven't learned the game of chess? There's some phrases that I know got assimilated into the English language, like "Opening gambit". Poor me. Thanks for sharing, Marion.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
17th Nov 2011 (#)

Chess is fascinating. To watch two master players staring at the board, sometimes for hours, is a mystery to me. I understand that they are working out their moves ahead and also the possible moves their opponent might make and the moves ahead might be taken over the next few hours. I had a chess game on my TV and I would leave for work and when I came home, no further move had been made by the "other player".

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