Reputable Wood Chess Set Manufacturer, The House of Staunton, Shares How to Use Each Chess Piece

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Wood chess set manufacturer, The House of Staunton, explains the moves available for each chess piece.

Each chess player begins with one King, one Queen, two Rooks, two Bishops, two Knights, and eight Pawns. The first player to make a move is called White.  The House of Staunton explains the moves available for each chess piece:

Pawns. The first time a Pawn is moved, it can be moved forward one or two spaces. After its first move, a Pawn may only move forward by one space. While Pawns cannot move backward, they can capture an enemy piece by moving diagonally forward a single space. Capturing an enemy Pawn diagonally in a single circumstance is known as an En Passant.  If a Pawn makes it all the way across the board to the 8th rank, they can be promoted to a Queen, Rook, Knight or Bishop. Typically, players choose to promote their Pawn to a Queen. It is possible to have two Queens on the board playing for one side. The House of Staunton luxury chess sets come with multiple Queens for this reason.

Bishops. Bishops can move any number of spaces. However, they can only move diagonally.

Knights. Knights can move a total of 3 spaces. However, Knights must move in the shape of the capital letter L. For example, they can move forward or backward one space and then over two spaces. They can also move over two spaces and followed by one space forward or backward. Knights are the only pieces that can "jump over" other pieces.

Rooks. Rooks can be moved across an unlimited number of squares, but they must move forward or backward or side to side. They cannot move diagonally.

King. The King is an important chess piece. However, it is also one of the weakest pieces in the game. The King can move in any direction, but only one space at a time. When a King is attacked, it is called Check. Checkmate occurs when a King is attacked and the player is unable to move to protect him. When this happens, the game is over.

Queen. The Queen is, arguably, the most powerful chess piece in the game. She can move across any number of diagonally, vertically or horizontally and combines the attacking power of the Bishop and Rook.

Each chess piece has a numerical value. Pawns have a value of one, Bishops and Knights have a value of three, and Rooks have a value of five. The King is worth 1,000,000 and the Queen is worth nine. Though the value of each piece has no formal role in a chess game, they are helpful to players. They are also used in computer chess games to evaluate positions.

Once each player possesses a firm understanding of the moves available for each piece, they must set up their board. Each side of the board is configured in the same way. Players fill the row closest to them with their Rooks, Knights, Bishops, King, and Queen. Pawns fill the entire second row.

About The House of Staunton: The House of Staunton is an American locally owned and operated small business. For over 27 years, they have manufactured the world's finest chess equipment. They sell a wide variety of chess sets, chess boards and chess boxes, and are the equipment provider for top chess tournaments worldwide. Their chess sets are featured in numerous movies and television shows as well as on book covers and in print ads.

Media Contact: Shawn P. Sullivan, The House of Staunton, Inc., 256.858.8070,

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