Welcome back. Perhaps you'd like to tell me what you'd like me to call you.
Have you learnt all about EXCHANGING, kiddo?
Now you've learned all the rules it's time for you to fight your first battles.
We have some really tough and scary opponents waiting to take you on.
You've probably already met the great FISHY BOBBER and played some CAPTURE THE FLAG games against him.
Now you have the chance to take him on in a real battle.
He'll even start without some of his pieces to give you a chance, but remember you must always let him win. He gets VERY angry when he loses!
If you think Fishy's a bit too tough for you, try a battle against the top Russian Grandmaster KASPY GARIKOV. Kaspy will give you a slightly easier time than Fishy.
Like Fishy, he'll start without some of his pieces to give you a chance, but, like Fishy, he also gets very angry when he loses!
Start by taking on either Kaspy or Fishy at level 1. You'll be playing White in this position.
You have a very big advantage here - a 31 point advantage in fact - so you can afford to make a few mistakes and still win.
The quickest way to win is to bring your queen out quickly along with your bishops and knights. You'll be able to win the enemy pawns and get checkmate easily.
A good way to release your pieces is to EXCHANGE pawns by using a PAWN BREAK.
The best way to start your game is by moving the pawn on e2 to e4. This opens up diagonals for your queen and bishop.
If your opponent does the same thing you reach the position on your left. Now, if you move your pawn from d2 to d4 you will force a pawn exchange. If he doesn't take you, you can take him. You will then have more space for your pieces and he will have fewer pawns to defend him.
The second things you have to do is DEFEND. To do this you have to look VERY CAREFULLY at your opponent's pieces.
In particular, you have to look at his LAST MOVE.
Why did he play that move?
Is he THREATENING one of your pieces?
If so, you should probably do something about it.
Is he CHECKING you?
If so, you MUST do something about it.
When you're playing FISHY or KASPY you move by clicking in the middle of the square you want to move from, and then in the middle of the square you want to move to. Use the cursor, not the piece, to find the middle of the square.
You will see that they both keep a record of the moves of the game. It's a good idea to print off your games and go through them with a stronger player.
Two more things.
If you want to castle play the king move (for instance from e1 to g1) and your opponent will play the rook move for you.
If you find your opponent won't let you play the move you want to play it's probably because you haven't noticed that you're IN CHECK. Look carefully to see if your king is being attacked by an enemy piece. If so, you must GET OUT OF CHECK before you can do anything else.
If you're ready to play, choose your opponent.
I want to play FISHY.
I want to play KASPY.
I want to play DEEP RED.
I want to play Cody on SPARKCHESS.