Visit the About Us page for more information about Rook House.
Visit the Rules of Chess page for basic instruction on how to play chess.
If you wish to start learning about chess in greater detail (openings, strategy, endgames, etc.), there are thousands of excellent books out there. Here are a select few that I highly recommend:
- Chess For Beginners (I.A. Horowitz)
- The Complete Chess Course (Fred Reinfeld)
- Let’s Play Chess (Bruce Pandolfini)
- An Invitation to Chess (Irving Chernev)
There are several places to play chess online against other players. Rookhouse.com may have this capability in the future, but until then, here are a couple of sites that I recommend:
Visit the Chess Notation page for more information about chess notation.
Newcomers to chess sometimes assume that games are played until one player is in checkmate, or stalemate. While this occasionally happens during grandmaster games, it is usually not the case. Among strong players, the game usually ends when one player realizes the hopelessness of the situation, at which point he or she will resign. This is indicated on the score sheet as 1-0 (Black resigns) or 0-1 (White resigns).
PGN stands for Portable Game Notation. It is a method for storing chess games in simple text format which can then be imported into various software packages.
Press the “f” key on your keyboard while the chessboard is in focus.
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This can be accomplished in multiple ways, but here a few of our suggestions:
- Play often, and play against opponents who are good enough to beat you at least half of the time.
- Review games of great players.
- Read books.
- Study endings.
- Analyze your own games.
- Play over the board as often as you can, be it with someone you know or at a local tournament.
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