Chess is played by first setting up your chess pieces. There are two rows of pieces for each player and only two players can play at one time. The front row are the pawns and the back row of pieces include many different types of pieces that move in different directions. Each player takes turns moving their pieces.
Some pieces can move as many spaces in certain directions as they want whereas other pieces are either limited to the number of spaces they can move or the shape or direction their can move. The game goes on until a player’s king can’t move and is trapped. The opponent could capture their king. The king must move or be safe. Otherwise, they are in check. If the king can’t avoid any of the opponent’s pieces, then they are in checkmate.