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Learn Basic Tactics When playing against other beginners, basic chess tactics are very effective — and a lot of fun. If you don’t know about discovered attacks, pins, skewers, and forks, learn about them. Winning Chess Tactics by Seirawan is a great resource. Attack the King Focus on attacking the king when you can. Beginners’ defenses are weak enough ...


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Start reading some books for beginners such as those by Seirawan. The idea is simply that the author will often explain the rationale behind a move in the book, and just by reading those you will be exposed to tactical and strategic motifs that you will see occurring in your own games. Also, reserve a little time during your study hours for solving puzzles....


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This answer is a little indirect but it helped my wife get a better grasp of chess and now no longer sees any board state as just a bunch of useless moves. If you have someone you play with regularly ask them to give you a handicap by verbalizing what they are thinking on their move. -ex: "I can move my pawn up two getting control of the center, putting ...


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Study more and play less. Learn about pawn structure. Play over GM games to see what they do. Some common ideas may occur to you to try. Look for weaknesses you can attack. Look for your weaknesses you could defend better. Can you attack the king? Can you expand for space? Can you put pieces on squares with more mobility closer to the enemy? Can ...


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Note: everything I'm saying is assuming you're playing white. Everything is also true for black, you just have to reverse the rank numbers. I'm also using algebraic notation; if you're unfamiliar there are a lot of resources. In the opening, your goal should be to control the center with pawns (if your opponent lets you, play d4 and e4 as your first moves), ...


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Advice I give to complete beginners is to place your pieces so that they point at your opponents king. Ignore any pieces and pawns between your pieces and the King. When playing against another beginner who has no plan this is a good strategy. This strategy has the benefit of helping learn about the power pieces exert across the board even when seemingly ...


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The tip I learned from Jeremy Silman's "Reassess your chess" series was that, if you can't find a weakness in the opponent's position, you should actively be trying to create a weakness. For example, in closed positions it happens pretty often that all your pieces are developed and in "good" positions, but you still have no attack. When this happens, you ...


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The strategy is a very deep concept which requires creativity and understanding. It is important to understand the mechanics of certain types of positions and this can be achieved by looking at different varieties of top grandmaster games especially ones where the players have a different type of style. Sometimes even then you have to look at the tiny ...


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The general rule of thumb is improve the worst placed piece. I would be reluctant to move pawns without any purpose because you are likely to create a weakness. I would rather make a do nothing move, it is often could be a rook move on a back rank, as long as it really don't do anything; this move you can always "undo" (unlike the pawn moves!). Wrong plan ...


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Some typical things to look out for in the middle game in order to develop a plan... This assumes that it is a relatively quiet position without any imminent tactics that need to be taken care of first. Are all my pieces developed and on active squares (if not, how can piece activity be improved?) Does my oppenent have any weak pawns (typically isolated ...


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This is very hard to answer since the question is very broad, but in the opening, always ask yourself "what piece haven't I moved out yet?" If you move pieces twice or three times in the opening, and I am developing each one after only one move, soon you will be fighting with only two or three pieces against me with 5 or 6. You will not win that way. Other ...


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