As we all know the game of chess is a very intellectual and deep game played between two people with the aim of checkmating the opponents king. While the game of chess can be perceived as fun and interesting to play for the master players, the beginners always find themselves in a constant dilemma of making the right moves and how to find it.
So in this post I will be giving out tips on how beginners can "MASTERFULLY" navigate the three phases of the game namely the opening phase, the middlegame phase, and lastly the endgame. So let's get started.
The opening is where you develop and coordinate you pieces on the right squares this few tips will help you play the opening like a master
1. Develop your pieces towards the center
2. Activate your knights before your bishop
3. Castle early
4. Don't move the same pieces twice in the opening
5. Fight for control of the center with pawns and pieces
6. Connect your rooks make sure no piece is standing in between them
7. Avoid making unnecessary pawn moves in the opening as pawns can't be returned once they are moved forward
8. Develop your minor pieces( knight and bishop) before your major pieces(rooks and queen)
Now for the middlegame, generally in chess the middlegame Is said to have been reached when you have successfully castled your king, developed all your minor pieces and connected you rooks now the big question is WHAT DO YOU DO.ONCE YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLEGAME GAME? The answer is simple you simply want to coordinate your pieces to attack your opponent territory, maybe win one or two pieces or if you are even lucky checkmate his king hahaha easy right? But its not usually this simple because you opponent is also trying to do the same so here are some few tips to help you navigate the Middlegame like a master
1. Create a plan note a bad plan is better than no plan stall
2. Know the type of opening you played and the general attacking options you can get this from chess books on openings
3. Check your opponents camp for weaknesses and play on those weaknesses
4. Check yourself for weaknesses too and consolidate your position
5. If your opponents position is OK with no visible weakness try to induce weakness
6. If you find it difficult to induce weakness in your opponents camp without weakening your own position then what you should do is to improve your pieces position
7. Put ur rooks on open files that's where they exert more power if there's no open file then create one
8. Put you bishops on long and open diagonals or behind your pawn chain
9. Create outposts for your knights in your opponents camp or at the center
10. Centralize your pieces
11. Exchange your bad pieces for your opponents good pieces
12. If you are in a cramped position exchange pieces and if you are in a free position avoid exchanges
13. If you are the one attacking avoid exchanging too many pieces
14. While if your opponent is attacking you then it is wise to exchange off attackers
There are so many tips I would like to give you but like I said they are too many to list so here are few sure ones to help you. Now finally to the endgame.
Most chess players view the endgame as the boring remain of a very interesting battle and as such they neglect to study the ending since the usual fireworks they are Used to seeing in the middlegame are usually nowhere to be found in the ending but this is a sad mistake as the ending is a very critical aspect of the game and a good and deep understanding of the endgame can sometimes save a completely lost game to a draw or even a win if your opponent doesn't know what he's doing you can easily savage a dead position and wrest that important half point. The endgame is a very broad aspect of chess as there are various types of endgame position that can be reached but I will try to give you a general tip on how to navigate most endings here we go
1. The king is a fighting piece in the ending use it
2. When you are down material in the ending try to exchange pawns
3. When you are up material in the ending try to exchange pieces
4. The pure pawn ending is the easiest ending to win
5. Bishop of opposite colour ending are usually very drawish so its useful if you are down pawns and trying to draw
6. Roook endings are the most common types of ending so study it indepth
7. You cannot win with a single knight or bishop vs king (without pawns) in the ending so avoid it if you are playing for a win
8. Double knights (without pawn) is usually a draw too so avoid it if you are playing for a win
9. When playing with the bishop pair in an ending it is good technique to create a passed pawn on both sides of the board
10. Passed pawns should be pushed as quick and fast as possible
11. Knights are weak against passed pawns on the a or h file
12. Tempos are very important in the endgame
13. The simplest endgame to draw is the bishop of opposite colour ending
14. Perpetual check looms in every queen ending
15. A took on the seventh rank is worth a pawn advantage.
There are various tips I would like to mention but let me leave you with this few once and hope they help you improve your game.
You are welcomed to leave a feedback on how theses tips have helped your chess and what other aspect as abl beginner you are looking to improve on in the comment section. Goodluck and hope to see you again with another interesting chess topic thanks
I totally agree with you on this one,chess playing is a pleasurable indoor sport that is ideal for leisure and relaxation, in addition to all those tips you have stated up there, you also need to be able to read your opponents actions and take cues for you own actions
U are totally right but the main aim of every gamer is to win and be the ultimate among all,in the game of chess,the focus is always the king and as far as you control your tactics of gaining control over the battle field then you are a winner. Make sure your main priority is to defend the king and attack with everything you gat.
Your write up was very deep and insightful. In addition I personally believe that the game of chess is won and lost at the beginning. In this light I advise every beginner after mastering the moves for the various pieces, to study the different opening moves from a chess. Different opening moves are like different key on the piano. For example the Sicilian defence with black replying, keeps in check the square gotten by the centre pawn e4 and also allows the queen to deploy to the flanks for a surprise counter attack. Moving the pieces aimlessly at the beginning will do the beginner no good.