The game of chess has such a rich history and is so strongly associated with deep thinking that many people avoid learning it because they feel intimidated or think they will never become good enough to play against most other people. This guide provides you with the basic rules you need to know in order to play chess, but it also provides you with a solid foundation for thinking about chess. Like all of the best games, there is much more to learn from playing chess than just how to play chess. It can serve as a metaphor - and, therefore, a guide - for many of the great struggles in a person's life.

The truth is, anyone can become a chess master, but the way to achieve mastery seems closed to many of us because, like so many other things in life, those who already possess it often try to convince us that it is beyond our grasp. But the truth is that the key to chess mastery cannot be hidden away from the awakened mind - and anyone is capable of achieving an awakened mind.

After we discuss some principles behind the game, we will begin with the basic rules of chess, and we will add to that a few other bits of knowledge that will give you an edge in the game. Throughout, we will try to bear in mind that there is a larger purpose that ought to be pursued at the same time as we are memorizing the rules of this ancient competition.

Chess gives you an opportunity to focus your mind and concentrate on problem solving without the pressures of work or home or other distractions. As you improve your game, you will also improve your concentration, a strength you will automatically bring to those other areas of your life.

This guide is unique in that it is published on the innovative Accelio platform. That means that you can help shape this guide through the comments section at the end of each of these pages, Make suggestions and include your own advice and insights. Tell us your stories as you embark on this journey of understanding. We should use this tool to have a conversation about this wonderful game.