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Ten Tips for Playing Chess!!!
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Monday, 18 September 2020 17:16
This article is a summery of the most important issues about the game of chess.
Take this opportunity and sail forth to learn about the strategy required to master your board. 10 tips about how to best manage your game.

How safe should you play? How active? What is the difference between time and timing? Defence or ofence, is that the question? Tactics from experienced players await you in the following pages.

1. One of the most important things to know as a guideline for playing chess is safety. It is critical that you will keep all of your pieces safe. That being said you should always try and take your opponents pieces if you see that they are not safe. When trying to scout unsafe pieces of your opponent you should always keep in mind the values of each piece: A Queen is worth about 9 ½ pawns, Bishops and Knights are worth about 3 ¼ pawns and Rooks are worth about 5 pawns. If you take a Rook for a Bishop or a Knight then this is called “The Exchange” and is worth about half a piece (Bishop or Knight). When you have two Bishops and your opponent does not then you have something called “the Bishop Pair” and this is worth an extra ½ pawn.

2. Another very important aspect of the game is activity. You should always have every piece on the board doing something all the time. As a started it is wise to try and move every piece once before moving a piece two times. This is a goal that you should aim for in the opening of the game. It is a good strategy to try and take a piece that is not doing much and then find something for it to do!

3. A key component of chess that many people tend to overlook is taking your time when playing. Take all the time you need to view as many possibilities as you can. By doing this there will be nothing to prevent you from learning to be a stronger player. Even professional chess players will take several minutes to find the right move. Try and use as much of your time that you can, in each and every game. Visualize the board and think about what your opponent will do if you were to make a specific move. Then you will be able to determine if you will be able to counter his/her move. If you will not be able to then you should try and find a better move.

4. Always look for the best possible move you can. If you can see a move that you think will be a good one, do not take it right away. Try and see if there is an even better move than this one. If you move to quickly you are likely to miss out on the better moves.

5. Tactics are essential to keeping your pieces in your hands and not open for your opponent to take. One of the most elementary tactics in chess is learning how to count, or making sure that each piece on the board is guarded by other pieces. Try and study tactics as much as you can if you wish to become a stronger player. Pick up a good book on chess tactics and learn it!!

6. Always think about your checks, captures and threats before making any move. Also when visualizing what moves your opponent will possibly make, consider their checks, captures and threats as well. This should be done first. It is essential to watch what he is doing just as much as it is to watch what you are doing. After each and every move that your opponent makes, ask yourself “why did he do that?” and “What can he do to me now that he could not do before?” And again, remember to check and see if he has any unsafe pieces.

7. Always think in terms of defense and not offense. This does not mean to be passive about everything happening, but that trading of pieces can be a good thing. Keep your King safe at all times, keep your pieces guarded from a perceived threat and always think about what you would do if you were in your opponents shoes.

8. There are three things that you should aim for at the beginning of every game: Get some control of the center, get your king into safety (extremely important) and get all your pieces into the game.

9. It is better to move your Knights before you move your Bishops. Do not begin with an all out attack until you have gotten all your pieces ready. Try not to bring your Queen too far up so that your opponents Bishops and Knights will be able to attack it. The way to win in the opening is to make the best use of your Rooks.

10. When the endgame is near there are a few tips that you should keep in mind. First, make sure that you use your King because it is worth a lot in fighting value. Second, passed pawns should generally be pushed and finally, Rooks always should stay behind passed pawns.

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