Start the game properly and place your chess pieces correctly right from the start.
If you are a beginner first read the chess rules and then come back here.
Important! Make sure you learn Chess Notation to be able to read and write chess moves.
Avoid making inferior pawn moves. For example, never play the edge pawns in the beginning as they have no influence on the center squares and do not help to get your pieces (Knights and Bishops) out.
Yes, you want to know how to checkmate the King. I will show you now a lot of interesting positions where the king is checkmated. Every piece can checkmate the king, a pawn as well.
I hope these chess positions will make something move under your hat. After all, you got to start somewhere, don't you?
To answer many of your chess questions it helps a lot when you Read the ANSWERS to QUESTIONS here!
I will show you first some fundamental endgames that you should know. When you reach the endgame you need some basic understanding about how the king moves, without getting confused by too many pieces on the board.
Please replay the selected endgame positions below and study them until you are able to handle those situations in a real game.
Basic Chess Endgames Pawn and King Endgame explained
Play and make Draw in King vs Pawn Endgame
I hope you got the idea now and have seen what we are doing here and what is chess all about. Then go right away to the following lesson. This one will train your tactical eye. Solve some checkmate-in-one problems here. They are very easy. Hey! This is baby stuff so this should be like a snap for you.Mate-in-1
Never move silly pawns anywhere in the beginning of the game, especially not on the outer files like Black has done below. You just lose time and run behind in piece development.
This means that your opponent can and will attack you with his pieces, once he has castled. Pieces are: knights, bishops, rooks and the queen, not pawns! He can attack you as he has more pieces developed than you have. He will simply overrun you in the center because he has more knights, bishops, rooks and the queen actively placed and you got no pieces placed actively to defend yourself. Why? Because you have wasted your time to push some silly pawns here and there and may have not even castled.It is very important that you understand this principle!
Read this text above a hundred times to get this into your head or you will never ever become a good player. So don't touch useless pawns in the beginning of the game.
You should first move one or two center pawns, then develop your knights and bishops towards the center. Best is to get the kingside knight and bishop out, then castle quickly. See the white position. White is going to get out his kingside bishop next and castle afterwards.
"When you are lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play Chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war."
I show you now how to start your game. Before you start to play you should know where to place your pieces - know the right chess formation strategy.
Where do you place your pawns, knights and bishops, when do you castle and what happens to the queen and the rooks. When should you attack? Or do you have to attack at all? Questions over questions.
I will give you a rough idea now. Please study the following chess strategies for beginners carefully.
Read the Guidelines: Chess Formation Strategy.
Did you manage it all right? It is necessary that you understand the following basic chess strategies for beginners called - Endgames or Endings, using the heavy pieces.(queen and rook are called heavy pieces)
Check them out now!
Rook and Queen Endgames - Basic Chess Strategies
It was hard, wasn't it? Yes, chess is a hard game. You got to have discipline, yep! Chess teaches...It is hard to start a game and make the right moves all the time. This is almost impossible, I know.
What do you think before you make a move? Try to understand the following chess strategies that are applied. In the following games Black needs to learn some chess strategies for beginners because he plays like a beginner. See next lesson.
How to play a Chess Game and exploit Mistakes - Beginners Chess
How did you go? Did it make click under your hat? Yes, it's mind blowing in the beginning, I know. When I learned chess I dreamed about chess positions at night. I have got some more training here now.
How to win with Checkmate in 2
I got here a mixed cocktail of training positions.
Mixed Chess Positions - Basic Chess Strategy
I tell you a secret. When I entered a chess club as a beginner, I was losing, losing and losing for the next few months to come. Because nobody had told me any chess strategies for beginners.
It is quite normal that you lose in the beginning as most players got years of practical experience and knowledge. So how can you match that? You can't, my friend! You must lose at first. That's the way it is!
You are warmed up now. Try to find a winning move!
Find the Winning Move - Good Moves
It is getting harder now!
Find it! - Learn to play Chess
Avoid Unnatural Moves and put your pieces on proper squares!
Unnatural Moves - Learn Chess Strategies
Play the following position to the end and learn how to win this endgame as White.
Win this Endgame as White
In the lesson below you are up in material and should win.
Play this Chess Position and win versus the Chess Program
You are up in material and have a strong winning advantage below.
Win this Chess Position versus the Chess Program
Yes, my friend we get there. We come to the chess openings now. This is great fun. When you know an opening well, you don't even have to think for the first twelve moves or more. You just play the moves within a few minutes. And if your opponent has no idea, how to open the right way, you just run him over in no time at all...
How do I start my game? What is the right plan?
Good chess openings will guide you and bring you on the right path.
I tell you something, a lot of games are lost already before they even started, right in the chess opening. Many beginning players just don't have a clue how to start a chess game properly and they get overrun by stronger players right from the start. They have not the slightest chance to get the pieces out properly or they put the pieces on wrong squares or run early into a devastating attack or, or, or....
Example: Don't move the pawn on f7 beside your king! Or you lose the exchange - rook for a knight! See the following game. And don't move this pawn in similar situations as this is equally bad.
If you would always start with e4 in every game you play, you have still a lot to learn which can take up a lifetime, believe me. You could specialize on e4 in your entire chess career and play nothing else with the white pieces.
Many grandmasters play positional chess openings starting with d4,c4 or Nf3. But you are not ready for that.
Learn the right setup for Black. If you have White and like to play d4 from time to time yourself, just to get the feel for it, then I recommend the Colle System - Basic Chess Moves for you. This chess opening system is easy to learn.
It is important to know the Colle System when you have the black pieces, because sooner or later an opponent will play it against you. When you have Black and like to play the Cambridge-Springs, but your opponent does not play the pawn to c4, but to c3 instead (Colle-System) then what are you going to do then?
When you play Colle as White, then you gain a good understanding of this opening and know how to handle it, when you have to play against it with the black pieces.
Discover the nonsense of the Four-Move-Checkmate.
Go to The Four Move Checkmate
Don't attack too early.
Go to Early Chess Attack
Stay away from Bullet Chess
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