Top 10 tips for young chess players

TOP 10 TIPS FOR YOUNG CHESS PLAYERS

  1. Take your time, it is not a race, spend at least 30 seconds to 1 min on each move, longer if it is complicated. Always think before you move.
  2. Try to work out the idea behind your opponent’s move. If you do not look at each and every move from your opponent you will lose pieces.
  3. Develop your pieces as soon as possible: Get ALL your knights and bishops out right away. This should be done during the first 6 or 7 moves.
  4. Castle as soon as possible: Castle early to keep your king safe. Remember, you can’t win if you get checkmated first. So, don’t forget to castle!
  5. After you castle, do an escape route and connect your rooks by developing your queen.
  6. Don’t be scared to castle the long way (Queen’s side). If it is the opposite way to your opponent’s castling push your pawns forward (with rooks behind) on the other side to which you have castled. It is a great attacking weapon!
  7. If you are winning (in points) it is a good idea try to swop off pieces. If you are losing try to avoid swopping off pieces. In this situation try to keep your Queen and Rooks on the board. You would have a better chance of winning.
  8. Every move should have a purpose.
  9. If you have a passed pawn (one that has no pawn in its way) support it especially with Rooks and Queens to help it achieve its aim of Pawn Promotion.
  10. Remember you learn much more from losing a game than winning a game. If you lose try to remember where you went wrong and avoid making that type of mistake again. Don’t get downhearted!
 
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