Lesson 1

chess

 

There are 64 squares on the chessboard. 32 light and 32 dark.

Files

Squares that run up and down the board vertically are lettered a through h.

There are 8 files on the chessboard.

Ranks

Squares that run side to side or horizontally are called ranks. They are numbered 1 through 8. There are 8 ranks on the chessboard.

Diagonals

Diagonals are squares that run to opposite corners.

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