The game of chess is centuries old and is thought to have started in India. The game is quite popular, and is about strategy. For a beginner, chess can be confusing and hard to learn, but with practice, almost anyone can master the game. Here are some tips to help learn the basics of the game.
When learning to play, one of the most important things to do is watch your opponent’s moves and make the best moves you can with your pieces. With every move your opponent makes, you should ask yourself why he did it, what his plans are, and if your pieces might be in trouble. You can’t use your own strategy until your pieces can be defended. When considering a move, determine if your piece can be defended, and if it is in a better position. If you are in doubt, your move may not be the best at the time. As Emanuel Lasker, the World Champion chess player says, “When you see a good move, wait and look for a better one!”
You also need to have a plan and know what your pieces are worth. Pawns are the least valuable. They move slowly and can not go backwards. Knights and bishops are pretty well equal, bishops are faster but can only reach half the squares, and knights can jump over other pieces. A rook can reach every square. A queen, worth nine pawns, can reach the greatest number of squares in almost every position. A king’s strength is not measured because it cannot be traded, but is still a valuable piece. When making a plan, remember that your pieces need to work together as a team. When trying to control the board or attack your opponent’s king, one piece may not be that effective but several pieces working together can be a powerful.
Time is very important in chess. To control the game, it is necessary to move your men to powerful squares quickly. Most beginners move many pawns at the beginning to control more space, but pawns can’t win the game alone. A good idea is to move out knights, bishops and rooks early because they can move farther and threaten more distant pieces. Bringing the queen out early is also tempting but your opponent could drive it back with less valuable pieces. Try to determine the best place for your pieces and move them in as few moves as possible.
Since the object of the game is to checkmate your opponent’s king, you must keep your king safe. Many players focus on attacking the other king and forget their opponent is trying to do the same thing. Try to keep your king in a safe position and remember that your pawns are like bodyguards, The farther away they are, the easier it will be for your opponent to get his pieces close to your king.
The last tip is to always be alert. Relaxing too soon can lead to a mistake and your losing the game.
Understanding the game of chess can be difficult but with practice, you can learn to play, and learn to win.