Free Chess Strategies

Improve your game of chess learning various chess strategies below. Chess consists of many ideas that will repeatedly come up in your games.

"When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, it is time to panic."
John van der Wiel, Chess Grandmaster

All chess lessons are strictly orientated on reality. Various elements of chess are introduced that occur in real chess games.

Chess Strategy develops a "Winning Plan" that you should have when you play chess. If you don't have a plan, you will just aimlessly move your pieces around without a purpose or goal. This will lead to the loss of the game on a higher level of play. The plan has to be adjusted move after move. It does change in the course of the game.

A plan is always long-term and depends on the chess position and has to be adjusted from time to time. To create a plan you must look at every single pawn and every single piece. You should analyze the position first before you make a plan.

That means you do not force your will upon your position and make a plan that suits you but not the position. You have to submit your will to the requirements of the position. When your chess position tells you to attack on the kingside, then you don't attack on the queenside, just because you like to. Always "ask" your position what you should do. And concentration is needed, of course.

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There are static and dynamic elements in a chess position.

The Static Elements in Chess

The static elements (ex: doubled pawns) stay the way they are and usually cannot be changed. For example you might not be able to dissolve your damaged or weak pawn structure (static).

Dynamic Elements

Dynamic positional elements can be changed and do change in the course of the game.(bishop pair, flexible pawn formation) For example the pawn structure gets blocked and the knights increase in strength. Or the position opens up and the bishops become stronger than the knights.

A good chess player sees those things on the subconscious level. He always knows if he is running behind in material. That means for example, if he is a pawn or a piece up or down. He adjusts his play to this situation accordingly.

Dynamic elements are:
  • Strategic threats
  • Security of kings
  • Control of diagonals and rows
  • Pawn structure: isolated pawns, doubled pawns, backward pawns
  • Weak squares
  • Harmonious piece coordination
  • You analyze those elements and then you evaluate your position. After that you make a new plan or adjust your old plan.

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    Central Pawn Strategy

    How deals Black with the following white Center Pawn Majority occurring frequently? When you click on the link above, a java chess applet will be loaded - so please be patient!

    Mobility of Chess Pieces

    The Mobility of Chess Pieces can change during the course of the game. Sometimes it is possible to capitalize on zero mobility of a piece and win it. This happens when a chess piece has no room to move at all when attacked and can be captured afterwards.

    Endgame Guidelines

    Please read the following guidelines for chess endgames.

    Kings and Pawns

    Some more endgame training for you.

    Kings and pawn-structures

    In pawn endgames it is sometimes important to devaluate your opponent's pawn structure or organize a breakthrough with your pawns.

    Chess Reality

    In practical play it is hard to apply chess principles. The following games should give you some chess reality.

    Middlegame Decisions - Chess Studies

    In Middlegames it is sometimes hard to find the right plan.

    The Minority Attack

    The Minority Attack is a basic concept that you should know.

    Center Pawn Exchange

    Understand this concept about exchanging center pawns.

    Ideas in the Veresov Attack

    Study this opening setup leading right into the middlegame.

    Fix It!

    Often you can block a weak pawn structure and attack it afterwards.

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