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Chess - Rules

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The object of chess is to capture your opponent's king in a position known as checkmate

Each player has 16 pieces: a king, a queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights and eight pawns. Pieces are either white or black.

The object of chess is to force a position where your opponent's king cannot escape capture, a position known as "checkmate".

The players take turns moving their pieces, with the "white" player always moving first. By moving on to a square containing an opponent's piece, it is possible to make a capture and remove that piece from the game.

When making a move that threatens the opponent's king, a player must inform his opponent by saying "check". When the king cannot escape, that is "checkmate" and the game is over.

Championship games rarely get this far. Top players can analyse the position so far ahead they usually either force a resignation or agree to a draw.

The 15th Asian Games features a mixed team competition played over nine matches in two different formats: classical (with a time limit of 90 minutes for each player's moves, and 30 seconds added after every move) and rapid (where the limit is 25 minutes with a 10 second addition).

The three-person team comprises two males and one female player.

Chess - Animation

Don't know the direction in which your Queen advances or how your Rook takes opponents? Our animation won't make you a Grand Master, but it will bring you up to speed with the individual pieces and the basic moves of chess pieces.

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