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How to Win at Chess

Chess is a game of strategy. With the right techniques at the beginning of the game, you can quickly corner your opponent's king and call checkmate.


  • Step 1: Develop all your pieces Develop all of your pieces at the start of the chess game by moving them onto the best squares. Don't just focus on one piece.
  • TIP: Consult a reference book or DVD, or the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, to learn more about opening moves in chess.
  • Step 2: Protect pieces Protect a piece from your opponent by waiting before you move pieces to the other side of the chess board. Don't move pieces past the first 4 rows of squares on your side of the board until you have a clear idea of your plan of attack.
  • Step 3: Play broadly Cover all your bases and control the central squares by playing your pieces broadly across the whole board.
  • Step 4: Castle Protect your king. Castle early on in the game.
  • TIP: Castle on the king side, as the queen side is more vulnerable. Move the king two squares towards the rook, and the rook two squares the opposite way.
  • Step 5: Hold on to knights Hold on to your knights in the first rounds of the game.
  • TIP: Knights are more important than bishops at the beginning of a game.
  • Step 6: Attack when ready Attack your opponent only when you are ready to deal with their counterattack.
  • Step 7: Use pawns to block Use pawns to block your enemy, and to defend more important pieces when they are in danger.
  • Step 8: Wait to use the queen Wait until the right time to bring out the queen. The queen will tend to draw a lot of attention from most opponents, so don't move the piece until you are confident that you know how you are going to use it.
  • Step 9: Have a plan Have a plan. Have a goal you want each piece to accomplish, and move each one according to that plan to win the game.
  • FACT: Chess is believed to have originated in India as far back as 600 BCE.

You Will Need

  • Chess set
  • Reference book or DVD on opening moves (optional)

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