Chess Thinking Process – part two

Here is the part two of the tips to improve your chess thinking process…

1. Many inexperienced players like to move a lot of pawns at the beginning of the game to control space on the chessboard. But you can’t win with pawns alone! Since knights, bishops, rooks, and queens can move farther than pawns and threaten more distant targets, it’s a good idea to bring them out soon, after you’ve moved enough pawns to guarantee that your stronger pieces won’t be chased back by your opponent’s pawns. After all the other pieces are developed, it’s easier to see what pawns you should move to fit in with your plans.

2. It’s tempting to bring the queen out very early, because it’s the most powerful piece. But your opponent can chase your queen back by threatening it with less valuable pieces. Instead of just moving pieces out, try to determine the best square for each piece and bring it there in as few moves as possible. This may save you from wasting moves later in the game.

3. In many cases, the person who controls the four squares at the center of the board will have the better game. There are simple reasons for this.
First, a piece in the center controls more of the board than one that is somewhere else. As an example, place one knight on a center square and another in one of the corners of the board. The knight in the center can move to eight different squares, while the “cornered” one only has two possible moves!
Second, control of the center provides an avenue for your pieces to travel from one side of the board to the other. To move a piece across the board, you will often have to take it through the center. If your pieces can get to the other side faster than your opponent’s pieces, you will often be able to mount a successful attack there before he can bring over enough pieces to defend.

4. Everyone knows that the object of the game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. But sometimes a player thinks about his own plans so much that he forgets that his opponent is also king hunting! It’s generally a good idea to place your king in a safe place by castling early in the game. Once you’ve castled, you should be very careful about advancing the pawns near your king. They are like bodyguards; the farther away they go, the easier it is for your opponent’s pieces to get close to your king. For this reason, it’s often good to try to force your opponent to move the pawns near his king.

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Short Chess tips for busy folks

1. The most important chess guidance: SAFETY: Keep all your pieces safe! And consider taking opponent’s pieces that are not safe. For piece values, Bishops and Knights as worth about 3¼ pawns, Rooks 5, a Queen about 9. Having two Bishops when your opponent does not is called “the Bishop Pair” which is worth approximately an extra ½ pawn. Getting a Rook for a Bishop or Knight is called winning The Exchange which is worth nearly half a piece (Bishop or Knight).

2. The Next most important chess guideline: ACTIVITY: Ensure that all of your pieces are doing something all the time! Thus, for instance, move every piece once before you decide to move any piece twice in the opening (as a goal). Usually the best strategy in a position without having tactics is to find a piece that is doing very little and find an opportunity for it to do a lot more!

3. TAKE YOUR TIME — if world championship players usually take several minutes to find a good move, why do you think that you can find a better one faster? Look at it this way: NOTHING is preventing lower players from playing just like tougher players and taking your time to look at as many possibilities as you can. A good goal is to pace yourself to use almost all of your time every game. When you are thinking, tell yourself, “If I do this, what exactly are all the moves he is likely to do in return, and can I meet all of those threats next move? “If not, then you’ve got to find yourself another move, and this needs time! Tip: Don’t start a game where you are not intending to make use of all your time. If you want to play faster, then play a faster time control.

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4. You are attempting to find the BEST move (or in some positions a reliable, very reasonable one), so when you see a really good move, seek for a better one. If you don’t look, you simply can’t see! If you play fast, you might not be considering all of your good moves.

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