Unrelenting Checks against the King in Chess

Beginners often neglect this very practical and obviously effective strategy in chessóchecking the enemy king whenever possible. There are times when this is possible at the outset, but this tactic is mostly feasible at mid-play and near end of a game. Here are the benefits of always checking the king.

First benefit is we take control of the game. Remember that in chess whoever checks the king has that moment of the game under that player's control. Thus, the more we check the enemy king the more we have the game under our control. The less chance we give the enemy for checking our king the weaker the enemy's position becomes. As much as possible, every move we make is geared to checking the king of the enemy.

Second benefit is we keep the enemy busy with inconsequential matters. With every check to the enemy king we improve our position defense and offense wise. However, the more we just react to checks against our king the more often our position worsens. Just imagine if all the enemy does in a game is escape our checks. We would be having fun having all the strategies employed while the enemy just keeps trying to ward them off.

The third benefit is we waste the enemy's turns. Remember that the most unproductive move in chess is escaping from a check. Really good players can turn escapes into retaliating strategies that can stun us violently in the end. But most of us are not really good chess players. As beginners we should first know the wisdom in doing unrelenting checks against the enemy king.

Third is we ruin the enemy's defense and offense strategies. How can the enemy still strategize when we have kept the same busy trying to save the enemy king? The most the enemy can do is use every piece available to block every path possible for a check. We can hardly call that strategy. When the enemy is heavily bombarded with checks the rest of the pieces are reduced to mere rescuers, not warriors.

Fourth and last, the enemy is prone to suffer lots more captures than is warranted in a round. When we keep our queen, knight, bishop, and rook busy and networked together in this aggressive strategy we often capture passive pieces in the process.

Heavily checking the king keeps the enemy focused on running away. So how do we suppose the enemy would win by that? Here, offense is the best defense.


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