Lesson 2 - How The Chess Pieces Move: Exercises

Even though exercises are not required, I recommend working on them.  They will help you grasp and practice the things you learn from the lessons more efficiently. You can certainly go back and sneak in the previous pages... but try first to answer the questions without going back. By doing so, you will make your memory work a bit and it is a pretty good thing to keep the memory working if you want to become a good chess player.

To answer the questions, use the first letter of each piece to identify them, except for the knight for which you must use the letter "n". For example, if you think that "pawns" is the answer, use the letter "p". When you are done, you can use the Verify button to see you results. If you want to do the exercises all over again, use the button Do it again.


1. Which piece can jump over other pieces?
2. Which piece cannot go backward when moving?
3. Which piece is forced to move only on the same color square?
4. Which pieces are qualified as minor pieces?  
5. Which pieces are qualified as heavy or major pieces?  
6. Please use the diagram to answer the following questions:
a)  How many squares are available to the black Queen for its next move?

b)  Which piece the black bishop in g4 can capture?

c)  Which square this piece is occupying?

d)  How many white pieces can capture the pawn on e5?

e)  How many black pieces are defending it?
Diagram for question 6
In the following diagram, on which square must the white Queen move in order to attack the largest number of black pieces?

Diagram for question 7
In the following diagram, on which square must the black King move to ensure it will be capturing a piece on its next move?

Diagram for question 8


Solutions are available here
(solutions contain detailed explanations for some questions...)

When you are done, you can continue with the next lesson and learn the pieces' value, attacks and threatsonline chess tutorial.