Initial Classic CHEX setup

The Classic CHEXboard is placed so that a white square is in both players near-right corner.

Each player controls sixteen pieces:
At the beginning of the game, the pieces are arranged as shown in the diagram: for each side one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns. The pieces are placed, one on a square, as follows:

  • The rooks are placed on the outside corners, right and left edge.
  • The knights are placed immediately inside of the rooks.
  • The bishops are placed immediately inside of the knights.
  • The queen is placed on the central square of the same color of that of the player: white queen on the white square and black queen on the black square.
  • The king takes the vacant spot next to the queen.
  • The pawns are placed one square in front of all of the other pieces

No matter what the actual colors of the board, the lighter-colored squares are called “light” or “white”, and the darker-colored squares are called “dark” or “black”. Sixteen “white” and sixteen “black” pieces are placed on the board at the beginning of the game.