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.
You will need
- Chess set
- Reference book or DVD on opening moves (optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did You Know:
Chess is believed to have originated in India as far back as 600 BCE.