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Basic Principles

This is my first blog post on the series of Basic Principles in chess. Chess is often described as 'easy to learn, but difficult to master'. However, there are certain principles that every good chess player uses, including the likes of Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov. This blog series will devote a blog for each basic principle that is outlined here today. 

Here is a correspondence chess game that I played recently. I won pretty easily because my opponent did not follow the Basic Principles of chess. I have commented on the majority of moves played and tried to evaluate the position every couple of turns. I hope you find my comments interesting and enlightening. Please go through the game slowly (at least 20-30 minutes) and analyse the position. By the end of this blog series, your skills of analysing a position should greatly increase, and your chess rating should follow accordingly.

How should white take advantage of black's weak kingside? 

Basic Principles
This instructive game shows several key concepts in chess:

- Development

- Controlling the centre

- Pawn structure 

- King safety

- Open files 

- Space

- Initiative 

I will be posting a blog at least once a week to finish of Basic Principles series as soon as possible. 

If you have any comments or queries, please post below. 


  • 12 months ago


    Great stuff, you hit a home run with your first blog, thanks!

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