Basic Chess Tips to Start Playing Well

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If you want to avoid big mistakes at the opening in chess game, you can follow as general rules the next tips (there are always exceptions). Sure you know many of these basic chess tips but they are quite important. The masters sometimes forget them also:

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Chess Tips In the opening

  1. Try to control the center since the beginning (the four center squares: e4, d4, e5, and d5)
  2. Start moving your minor pieces (bishops and knights) into a good position so they can control the important squares- the ones in the center- in the chess board. For example: for the white knights, place them in the squares f3 and c3; as for the black knights, place them in the squares f6 and c6. Oh! And don’t move the knights to the corners of the board!
  3. Don’t move the same piece more than once during the opening! This wastes important developing time.
  4. Don’t move only the pawns during the opening. Concentrate on developing other pieces and only move the pawns to allow the others’ development.

Chess Tips To attack

  1. Try to take the initiative and play dynamically.
  2. Do not attack before you have developed all your pieces.
  3. Don’t be materialistic and capture too many pawns instead of develop pieces in the opening. In general, is very dangerous.
  4. Keep in your mind the sacrifices and gambits, to play with them or against them. Put attention in the unbalanced positions of material.
  5. Try to find the tactic in the position. Almost every tactic is made up with patterns or basic moves that repeat frequently.
  6. Value properly your pieces and your opponent’s. When you’re thinking about sacrificing some of your pieces, you should firstly think of their real value and not on the amount.
  7. Develop quickly and correctly the pieces. Time is quite important in chess.

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Common mistakes

  1. Try to castle in the correct moment. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
  2. Don’t take out the Queen too soon. Move your knights, bishops and rooks, and put your King some place safe (the King must always be well protected).
  3. Look at the entire chessboard! Let’s be real, we all make the same mistake. Attacking the King has always been the main focus of our attention, but we shouldn’t always pursue the same objective. Having a good and strategic position is also important.

This is a common problem for amateurs and professionals alike. We tend to focus all our attention on the part of the board where the action is occurring, so we can lose advantage on the other side. That’s why it is so important to keep an eye on the entire chessboard at all times.

  1. Have a plan. If you threat something on this side in one movement, then something in the next movement, and so on, it will be easy for your opponent to defend himself. You need to have long-term plans as well.

To keep in mind

  1. Practice tactical exercises! This may seem obvious but is still overlooked by many chess players. The more problems you solve, the more patterns you will acquire, and, as a result, you will see the tactics quicker and easier.
  2. Watch your opponent’s movements. Each time your opponent makes a move, you need to stop and think: what is he threatening and what does he want to do?
  3. Think about the end. Since the moment the match begins, you need to remember that every move you make can potentially affect your probabilities in the end.
  4. Always stay alert. People tend to either relax once they reach a good position or lose hope and quit when they’re in a bad one.
  5. WATCH YOUR BACK! ¡And your front! When your turn comes, always ask yourself: what is my opponent threatening? Is he preparing traps to capture my pieces? Then, react accordingly.

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About the author of this post, Alberto Chueca

Alberto Chueca
I am a Chess coach and i like to help people improve their chess level starting reviewing the basic concepts and adding more complexity every class. I have designed a special methodology to improve in chess which we are using in the classes with very good results. If you are finding how to improve your chess level, download my free guide can be a good step :)

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