Chess made simple . . . and Pink!

This is how I explained the game of chess to a lady radio presenter (Charlie Crocker) who loves to laugh and loves the color pink even more. She kept telling her listeners that she had never been able to understand chess, so I thought I’d help her out.


Imagine that you are a Queen in medieval times. You live in a square continent that has only two countries. All the people in your country dress in one colour. I think that PINK would be ideal, don’t you?! All the people from the other nation dress in YELLOW because that is also such a jolly colour.
You are the PINK Queen.

Of course, you are married to a wonderful, PINK King who must be protected at all costs. Naturally, you are much more powerful than your dear King. You can move as many steps in any direction as you like. Your King can also move in any direction, but only one step at a time. Poor chap!

Your country has an army with only eight foot soldiers, all of them dressed in PINK. They are led by you and your King, and you are supported by two PINK Bishops, two PINK knights and two mobile, PINK castles (a bit like tanks in the modern army). They are all dressed in PINK including the horses that the knights ride around on.

The YELLOW nation are similarly configured.

All of the soldiers, bishops, knights and castles are constrained in the way that they move, but don’t bother about that. They know the rules, and YOU are the Queen.

Your army moves around the continent, trying to capture the YELLOW pieces of the foreign army, whilst avoiding capture themselves.

You win by cornering the King of the YELLOW nation so that, whichever way he moves next, remembering that he can only walk one step at a time, he would be captured by a member of your army on the next move.

But watch out! YOU will lose if the YELLOW army corners YOUR PINK King first!

Is that plain enough for you?


When Charlie read this out on her radio programme, she laughed so much that she could hardly speak. But she admitted that she finally had the understanding of the beautiful game that she had desired for so long

About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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3 Responses to Chess made simple . . . and Pink!

  1. Wendy Kate says:

    It would be great for me if you could explain cricket this way too! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • I could easily do that Wendy, but I fear that I would be wasting my time.

      The way I explain it to my American friends is that it is very similar to baseball. The differences are that there are only two bases instead of four. There are only one or two innings per team, depending on the format of the game. Two batters are in simultaneously: one is facing the pitcher and the other is on first base. There are eleven players in each team. An innings is over when ten batters strike out. Anyone can be the pitcher except for the backstop. You get a run for each time you manage to run between the two bases. Six runs for what would be a home run in baseball, and four if the ball bounces before it reaches the edge of the field.

      That’s it!

      Apologies for not doing it in pink and yellow, but you can add your own vibrant, jolly colours.

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