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Square of the Pawn Learn to
force a draw even when your opponent has
a passed pawn. With this tactic, you
will be able to determine very quickly
whether a given pawn is stoppable or
Pawn Charge With this tactic, you
can force a pawn through a barrier of
other pawns and promote to Queen.
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to a large volume of requests I have added all of
the opening moves that I know of. Putting together
all of the opening moves for this website has been
very educational for me, and I hope that if you
review them it will be for you
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you see a good move, look for a better
one." Emanuel Lasker
there is a good move there is almost always a
much better move.)
there any wisdom that chess strategy
can teach us for real life experiences
(anticipation, aggression and offense
over defense, or an active defense,
etc.)? Would any such strategies work
in real combat? What do you
you want to become a Grand Master?
are some general tips that you
might find useful.
are several main chess strategies that you
should always employ, unless you want to lose.
First of all, never make a passive move!
Doing so would be appeasing your opponent which
would push you into an even more passive
position while your enemy is free and can easily
attack you. Offense is a great deal better than
defense simply because you disable your opponent
whereas in defense you must remain passive until
your opponent finds a way to bypass your
defense. There is such a thing as an active
defense, however, which is strategically sound.
Another important strategy to keep in mind:
always be on the offense. Why does this work?
When you are constantly attacking your
enemy, he or she must focus on dealing with your
attack instead of attacking your king. Thus, in
a way it creates a "buffer". If one of
your attacks fails, you have only lost territory
that was once the enemies (no loss really).
best defense is a good offense." Old
English Proverb. Most successful attacks on an
enemy render him or her immobile. Yet another
advantage to you.
is a huge difference between tactics and
strategy. Strategy can be applied to many things
besides chess, and is usually learned in long
(several hours) chess games. Tactics on the
other hand are extremely specialized moves or
processes of moves in chess. Tactics are most
easily learned in bullet or blitz chess. One of
the most basic, yet important strategies to keep
in mind is that you should always try to control
the center. There are higher priorities,
however, for example you could sacrifice having
superior position of the center of the board for
a supreme attack against the enemies king; the
king is worth more than every single piece on
that board combined. One thing
most amateur players overlook is the importance
of protecting the king. Once the king is gone,
all of the pieces on the board are completely
are moves or processes of moves that are usually
completely forced. An example of a tactic is a
Knight fork. This is a most basic tactic, yet
powerful, that forks a King and a piece of high
value (rook, queen). Want to learn more about
some basic tactics? Visit my tactics
section. Or I have recently written an article
on the Square of the Pawn. This is also an
important tactic, so if you are unfamiliar with
the term, visit the Square
of the pawn.
strategy is most easily learned over long games,
and has the most applications to life in
general. Most people are mislead into thinking
that playing chess is a 'waste of brains',
however I have a view that is strongly opposed
to that. Playing chess teaches you logic,
visualization skills, strategy, creativity,
improves your memory, priorities, essential
planning skills, patience, determination,
anticipation, and much more.
improving your game.
Blitz / bullet /
players recommend playing blitz games daily. If
you are playing against a human player, and you
don't have a clock, you can play bullet/blitz
chess with five seconds per turn. If you have
any kind of timer, you can set it to one minute
per player, with zero incremental seconds. It
should be noted that playing blitz games can be
very challenging and suspenseful, not to mention
challenging thing to do, but rewarding. Play
against others using only your mind. The most
difficult things to visualize when playing
blind-folded are the diagonals. If
you have winboard you can
choose to play 'blind-folded'. Literally, you
are not blindfolded, but Winboard displays a
blank chess board, and you have to keep track of
where all of the pieces are. It is hard to do,
but fun. Download winboard.
Powerful Opening moves
opening moves give you more chances of employing
innovative strategy and tactics. Using an
opening that was developed by someone else does
not mean that you are unoriginal. Check out the
Ruy Lopez, and a Knight sacrifice here.
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