The black knight takes the white bishop. White counters with a castling move. Black's pawn moves ahead two and is lost to white in an en passant. Whites queen's knight moves to d5. Check! Does the previous paragraph sound like a foreign language to you? Do you understand the basics of chess but not the more sophisticated moves such as the en passant? Would you like to learn to play chess, or play chess better? Are you looking for a new hobbie or activity? Playing chess can be fun and help hone mental skills like memory, logic, and strategy. Chess is one of the most popular board games played today by millions of people. Chess is versatile in that it can be played at home among friends or at clubs and tournaments, online, or via other type of correspondence (i.e. mail) with individuals you've never met in person. Knowing how to play chess will allow you to engage in fun competition with friends and meet new people as well through clubs and tournaments. Local chess instruction can provide the fundamentals needed to become a beginner or novice player as well as develop the skills needed to become an expert player. Mental discipline can be learned while enjoying a game. And, learning chess is easy and it can be fun too!