Chess players have their own language when they talk about the game. To keep up, it is useful to know what terms like Castle, Rook, Decoy, En Passant and finally Checkmate mean!
Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a square checkered game-board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.
Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently. Pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, with the objective to 'checkmate' the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by the voluntary resignation of the opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may also result in a draw in several ways, where neither player wins. The course of the game is divided into three phases: opening, middle-game, and end-game.
Chess is one of the most complex games ever invented. It requires application of strategy and tactics together, a feat which is beyond the capability of most. It has often been accused of being a slow game, and some even find it boring. But the fact is that it is a very interesting game, and the number of variations that arise in a game does not allow you to get bored.