Below you’ll see the exact Chess Board set up with pictures and step-by-step instructions on how to set it up the right way.
How To Set Up a Chess Board
Here’s how to set up a Chess board the right way.
Set Up The Pieces
1. Make Sure You Have All The Pieces
One player plays with the Black pieces. The other player plays with the White pieces.
Each player should have the following pieces:
After making sure you have all the pieces, it’s time to position the Chess board.
2. Position The Board
The bottom right corner square on the board should be a light square for both players.
3. Set Up The Pieces
Again with a light square in your bottom right corner, it’s time to set up the pieces.
Set Up The Rooks
Each Rook goes on opposite ends of the board.
Rooks are a major piece in your strategy and become exponentially more powerful when connected, this is why castling in Chess is important, not only to protect your King but to connect your Rooks.
For more information, read the guide on how to use Rooks in Chess.
Set Up The Knights
The next piece that goes next to the Rooks are the Knights.
For more information, read the guide on how to use Knights in Chess.
Set Up The Bishops
After the Knights, place a Bishop next to each one. One will be on a dark square and the other will be on a light square. Knowing which Bishop is more powerful depending on the position of you and your opponents pieces after the opening is important so you can keep your powerful Bishop and maybe sacrifice the other Bishop.
For more information, read the guide on how to use Bishops in Chess.
Set Up The King and Queen
Now let’s position the King and Queen front and center, on the right squares.
Your Queen goes on the same color square of the pieces you’re playing with.
For more information, read the guide on how to use Kings in and Queens Chess.
Set Up The Pawns
Now all that left to set up are your pawns. The eight pawns simple go on the next rank in front of all your major and minor pieces.
Learning pawn structure is crucial to having the advantage in the end game.
For more information, read the guide on how to use Pawns in Chess.
Now you have the full Chess Board starting position to begin playing.
There are a couple common mistakes that are made when setting up a Chess board.
Not Having The Board In Correct Position
Before setting up the pieces, make sure the bottom right corner of the board is a light square from both players perspective.
King and Queen Mix-Up
This is the most common mistake when setting up the pieces. Luckily, there is an easy way to remember which square the Queen goes on. The Queen always goes on same color square of which color pieces you’re playing with. If you’re playing with the White pieces, you’re Queen should go on the light square, and King on the dark square, and vice-versa.
Not Having Another Queen Piece
What if you don’t have another Queen piece? Not all Chess Boards come with additional Queen pieces. If you don’t have more Queens, what should you do if you promote a pawn and still have your Queen on the board?
It’s common in casual play to use a Rook and flip it upside down. An upside-down Rook can represent a Queen.
I hope this guide on Chess Board set up helped you.
Now that you set up the board correctly, it’s time to learn some basics. Read the guide on how to read Chess Notation and learn how how each of the Chess Pieces move.