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A few tips

Some tips, which can help you, improve your chess faster.


1.     Play against opponents, who are stronger.

2.     Try to play 1.e4 and 1...e5(on 1.e4) and 1...d5( on 1.d4).

3.     Play principle opening variations (with good center ,good pieces).

4.     Don’t learn a lot of variations, but know main ideas.

5.     Everybody makes mistakes!

6.     Generally, one mistake is not enough to lose the game.

7.     Ask yourself what your opponent wants.

8.     Be very careful with pawn moves. Pawn doesn’t go back.

9.     Improve all your pieces.


  • 20 months ago


    "Be very careful with pawn moves". I totally agree, but there's an opponent I play that does almost nothing but move pawns in the opening and he BEATS me! :( 

  • 21 months ago


    nice tips. plz sent more tips.sarim

  • 22 months ago


    2.     Try to play 1.e4 and 1...e5(on 1.e4) and 1...d5( on 1.d4).


  • 23 months ago


    Quick good tips.

  • 2 years ago


    thanks for the tips!
  • 2 years ago


    thanks for the tips
  • 2 years ago



  • 2 years ago


    "what if i learn a lot of variations? how can it be harmfull? my problem is opening and there are good variations, i cant think them in game."

    It is not exactly harmfull but the question is: is it helpful?

    Openings have evolved for centuries and matured into what they are today. There are many ideas behind each line. Every move is played for a reason.

    There is a reason why it is called theory. It is not set in stone but there is a consensus until someone tries to challenge it with a new idea.

    So learning variations but not knowing how these variations came into existance will probably not be helpful.

    Also there is the situation, which you will encounter, where you play other beginners who have been studying a different variation or system than you and will play different moves than those you know. So in a matter of a few moves you will both be "out of the book" and on your own.

    Your time is much better spent training tactics and practical endgames and going over the games you play to see what went wrong and right. There is a special training that is very helpful not just to beginners.

    Playing lines over in your head as far as it goes, without moving the pieces on the board. In books there are often variations to the moves of the main game/combination. Try to "see" them. In the beginning it will be extremely difficult. Go back and try again if you lose your train of thought. After this special training it is often nice to play out the moves on a real chess board.

    Start with 5-15 minutes a day. It is better to train a little daily than once a week for two hours. Already after 1-2 months of this daily training you will notice huge improvement in what you see over the board. Well, I did and I'm "just" a hobby player.

    When you get better at calculation it will also be easier to understand opening concepts.

  • 2 years ago

    IM pfren

    It is much easier to learn playing decently, than memorizing opening variations (which would be of little importance, anyway, if you are a positional goofy).

  • 2 years ago


    "4. Don’t learn a lot of variations, but know main ideas."


    what if i learn a lot of variations? how can it be harmfull? my problem is opening and there are good variations, i cant think them in game.

  • 2 years ago


    Thanks GM!

  • 2 years ago

    GM Rakhmanator

    3th point explains 2nd pointSmile

  • 2 years ago


    Ah, Nimzo...He was always a struggling student of mine.

  • 2 years ago


    @NachtWulf: I think it is about the situations you will be placed in by playing those moves and what you will learn as a result.

    Oh, and @TwoBit: What I am suggesting is that one develops pieces, not pawns. If you want to argue the fact, take it up with Nimzowitsch.

  • 2 years ago


    Good tips. I'm puzzled by the second one though. Why does playing 1. ...e5 and 1. ...d5 (in response to 1. e4 and 1. d4, respectively) help improve one's chess quickly?

  • 2 years ago

    IM pfren

    Very valid and sane tips.

  • 2 years ago


  • 2 years ago


    @Twobit: Pawns are not pieces, so there is really no clash there. C:

  • 2 years ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    Ah, forget it, what's the use.

  • 2 years ago


    You could also ask for a little more specific suggestion regarding  "9. Improve all your pieces". In some cases you really have to pay attention which piece to improve and which one to leave alone. You may not want to "improve" your queen early for example and "8. Be very careful with pawn moves" seems to clash with "improve them all y'all".

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