Chess: a strategic journey - Part V - Mastering the basics

Marion Duplo By Marion Duplo, 4th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Part V in my journey to learn the art of chess sees me learn a couple of basic strategies to keep me in good stead.

It's harder than it seems

It's true. Chess is much harder than it seems. I've played around 10 games now, and haven't yet seen victory. But I'll admit that I never anticipated I would be winning so soon on the journey.

I would, however, like to draw a game soon. Here are a couple of strategies that have helped me so far.

Keep you mind on the middle of the board

This simple strategy is a good one. Always keep your eyes and your mind on the centre of the board. If you can choose between moving towards the edge or the middle, always take the middle. This is the best way to protect your territory and prevent fencing yourself against the edge of the board.

Beware the opponent who knows more than you

I started doing really well there for a while, and then my beloved opponent pulled out the 'Promotion' move and BAM! I lost my King to a Queen that came from NOWHERE! Apparently if a pawn makes it all the way across the board to the other side, it can become anything it wants!

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Check, Checkmate, Chess, Chess Instruction, Chess Pieces, Chess Tips, Chessboard, Strategy

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Marion: Thanks for this assistance.

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