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Now It's Your Turn

Let me keep my promise to make it easy for you to understand a very little bit about the game and the characters so you can bring a smile to your mind as you discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.

O.K. If you look at the way a chessboard looks, you'll be quick to realize that it's the same as a checkerboard. Unlike checkers, however, here you play on all the squares, not on only the dark ones.

As in checkers, there are two sides: the good guys and the bad guys. Needless to say, you're always the good guys -- no matter which side you take -- and the other side is the bad guys.

The goal of the game is also simple; whoever takes the other guys' King first wins. Here you don't jump over the other guy to take him, you simply take his space and remove him from the board. Have you got that? Good.

So here's the little army you have to work with. As I mentioned before, there are only six characters you need to know: there are the King and the Queen, there's the Rook who sits in the corner, and in between are the Bishop and the Knight. In front of these are the Pawns. Altogether, for each side, there is one King and Queen; two Bishops, Knights, and Rooks; and eight Pawns.

For now, let me describe each character in more detail, so you have a good sense of his or her personality, of the relationship among the pieces, and of how each moves on the board. Soon, you should begin to have an image of what you want your chess set to look like. To help you, I'll show you a picture for each character which will give you an idea of the range of designs that are possible.

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