Learn chess strategies, chess openings and chess tactics on this site to be able to make strong chess moves.
Chess is a great and fascinating game, an absorbing mental adventure.
If you are a beginner in chess please read the chess rules and learn how to move the chess pieces correctly.
Study commented chess games to understand how a game of chess should be played.
Work through all the chess strategies that are presented in those sections. When you reach the end of Beginners go to Strategy I,II and Tactics. (see left navigation)
You might become a master, if you have natural talents. Study here to find out.
Always analyze your positions to find out where you went wrong. Play a lot of games. That's the way to learn. It is important to be able to find good ordinary positional routine moves and to apply chess strategies strictly in real games.
Learn proper chess opening moves by replaying hundreds of games in which a particular opening is used. Specialize in some opening systems as you can't possibly learn them all.
To become really good, you should become an expert in a few opening systems.
Your superior knowledge will give you a slight advantage in a game of chess when you know the opening system better than your opponent.
This often makes the difference between winning and losing as the opponent drifts slowly, but surely, into a bad position. Read more about opening chess moves...
When you play a game of chess you should understand the plan and the ideas that are hidden in the position. There are many general concepts and plans to be learned which can be applied in your games later on. Study standard plans and positional chess ideas to be able to use them.
In chess when you play without a plan you are going to lose. Your pieces are going aimlessly here and there and are not working together harmoniously like a family to achieve a common goal. Often the pawn structure can show you where you should play, at the kingside or at the queenside.
However, there are many chess strategies you should learn to become a good player. And it takes time too. So be patient. You don't become a master overnight. Read more about chess strategies...
Tactics is most vital. If you can't see a combination how are you going to win? You are just like a blind duck running around in circles.
To win material helps to win a game as having more material than your opponent is often decisive. Learn to spot surprising tactical moves that win a pawn or a piece.
After you won material trade off as many pieces as possible to simplify the position and go into the endgame. It is much easier to win the endgame when you are up in material.
Before you learn to play the game in a more positional way, you should try to develop your tactical abilities.
Learn to see combinations first. Read more about chess tactics...
I got various online chess programs on my site. They don't have grandmaster strength but can be beaten by you if you are a good player.
They play much weaker than the Top PC chess programs you can buy, for example Fritz, Shredder or Rybka. They are the best chess software worldwide and can beat super chess grandmasters. Almost every chess player worldwide uses these chess programs to prepare for chess tournaments. These PC programs all have similar strength.
However, go to the various chess lessons that are offered on my site and you will improve from day to day.
Chess is the best sport to exercise the most important organ in your body: the brain. It is played among participants of all ages, from the young to the elderly.
The game of chess builds your lifelong mental health which is one of the best assets you have!