When you are playing chess it is important to make sure that you are set up in the correct way. You will want to do this so that you have a fair game for both parties to be able to play well and to have a fair shot at the competition.
The chessboard is placed between the two people playing the game. White will be sitting on one side and black on the other side. Both players should see a white square in the right corner of the board. If the board has numbers on it, they should be placed so that the 1 is nearest to White and the 8 are closest to the Black. It the board has the letters on it, a through h, printed on it, they should be at the left of the White.
Some chess sets are made of wood. The King is usually the tallest piece and will have a cross on its crown. The Queen is the second tallest and has a crown with several points on it. The Bishop is next in size and has a miter. The Knight looks like a horse and the Rook will look more to the terms of a tower. The Pawn will be the smallest piece on the board.
The pawns are placed on each of the players' second row in. The other remaining pieces are placed on the first row of the board. The Rooks will be placed in the corner and the Knights are placed next to the Rooks. The Bishops are then used next to the Knights and this will in turn leave two squares for the King and the Queen as well.
The remaining squares for the White player, the Queen is places on the white square and for the Black side, the Queen is placed on the black square. The King is placed on the remaining square. It will sound to be a little confusing, but once you have the concept you will understand it a lot better each time you play.
The White will always go first and then the Black will take their turn. This will be the process alternating turns as each play comes and so on. This will continue throughout the game and no one is permitted to skip a turn or not move at all.