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Learn chess strategies, chess openings and chess tactics on this site to be able to make strong chess moves.

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Chess Strategies for Beginner

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.

Then go to chess strategies for beginners and start learning chess principles and read about chess tips

Work through all the chess strategies that are presented in those sections. When you reach the end of Beginner II go to Strategy I,II,III and Tactics. (see left navigation)

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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.

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Chess Openings

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...

If you are too busy to spend time on learning opening moves then read this.

Learn Chess Strategies

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...

Chess Tactics

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...

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I got various online chess programs on my site. (See left navigation) 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 software worldwide and can beat super grandmasters. They are used by chess players worldwide 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.


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