Fundamental Chess Strategies for Beginners

For beginners there are a lot of ways to win at chess. These tactics have 3 common denominators: protecting the king, capturing enemy pieces, and capturing the enemy king. These are the basic goals of the game. Here are some chess strategies for beginners.

Among popular basic offense techniques is double checking. This means with the use of a single piece we check two major or minor pieces. It's like hitting two birds with a stone. It's a stunning way of demolishing enemy fortress and making the enemy run. Another offensive tactic is the discovered attack. It is a plot brewing in concealment until the right time when we make an opening with an accompanying surprise attack the enemy discovers too late.

Another is a fork attack, which is another way of describing a double check. The forking piece has two enemy pieces forked separately or together while having the forking piece safely out of enemy reach. Other deadly chess offensive tactics are pinning and skewering, which force the enemy to sacrifice a major piece or allow us to devour minor pieces one after another.

A zwischenzug is teaching the enemy a lesson or two on attacking us in a carefree manner. This tactic ignores an enemy casual threat and instead zeroes in on a major devastating check on a major enemy piece someplace else on the chess board. Zugzwang is somewhat similar, the difference is that the enemy is forced to make a bad move that makes the enemy's situation worse.

Other chess strategies for beginners that improve our defense are sacrificing and castling. Sacrificing is a temporary loss in anticipation of a major gain later or immediately after. Or, it may be a way of allowing the king to escape a near checkmate situation. Castling is a pre-emptive defense maneuver when we sense a threat of danger or a strategy to frustrate a well planned enemy attack.

Exchanging and defending pieces are defense strategies that should be used especially when there's a hot capturing and counter capturing in the game. Exchanging pieces makes use of the pieces' strategy values while defending pieces makes use of supporting networks or systems for building up our strength and capabilities. Pawn conversion or promotion or graduation is a strategy for an empowered last-phase strategy.

Different chess strategies for beginners should be well studied to make our play systematic and impregnable. Then, after mastery of these basics, we can gradually move on to more advanced chess strategies. Then chess will be more enjoyable.


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