Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a square checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an 8x8 grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide.
White always moves first. After the initial move, the players alternately move one piece at a time (with the exception of castling, when two pieces are moved). Pieces are moved to either an unoccupied square or one occupied by an opponent's piece, which is captured and removed from play. With the sole exception of en passant, all pieces capture opponent's pieces by moving to the square that the opponent's piece occupies. A player may not make any move that would put or leave his king under attack. If the player to move has no legal moves, the game is over; it is either a checkmate (if the king is under attack) or a stalemate.
Each chess piece has its own style of moving:
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Because we have a lot of awesome features on FunNode, we prepared a short tour to help you realize the tip of the iceberg.
Humans and bots are shown here with basic details. Your friends will be highlighted.
Top 25 players, based on Elo ratings, will be shown here. Registered players will receive a rating after 5 wins against rated opponents (including bots).
Take part in the ongoing ladder tournament and work your way up to 1st place! Top 25 will be shown here.
Be sure to check-out the different palettes and themes for FunNode.
Choose whether you want to create a new match, or join / watch / review a match.
Signed-in players can filter match types. Private matches allow you to set-up a password-protected match for your friends to join.
Customize your match by choosing timers and game-specific settings. Registered players have more options, including the 24-hours-per-move timer.
Choose whether to play a bot or other online players.
Toggle between different chat windows. Signed-in players can also leave offline messages.
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Click this to see the server statistics. In-match, it'll show the match details.
Whether you're waiting for the server to respond, or waiting for players to join your match, this will show your current status. In-match, this will show the last move.
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