11428 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I would like to improve (?) on some of them:
1. Make moves which look to control the centre with a pawn at some point.
4. Don't move the same piece twice without a good reason
6.........without a good reason
7. Get your king safe with adequate pawn cover.
Good rules to follow anyway, well done!
i play 1.nf3 :x
I think number 4 is one that too many people violate and do not realize they made a mistake. This is a very good list for someone starting out in chess and also as a reminder for some fairly good players.
Yea, every Ruy Lopez player violates #4. After 3...a6, they erroneously move their bishop for a second time. Patzers, them!
But seriously: in chess, there are more exceptions than rules, In order to become a good player you have to know when to break which rule.
I don't think we need more than six general rules:
1. Control the center
2. Develop the pieces democratically
3. Protect the King (this doesn't necessarily mean castling)
4. Analyse forcing moves first
5. When your opponent makes an unexpected move in the opening, THINK! Don't rely on general principles to get you through this!
6. Trust yourself
"OPEN with a CENTER PAWN."Disagree. There are a lot of good openings, which not start with e4 or d4 or c4. So, that is very good to begin with a center pawn, but not only that way is correct. You just need to control the center."CASTLE as soon as possible, preferably on the KING SIDE."It is not correct as well. Depend on the position when have to castle to the king, or to the queen side, and sometimes you dont need to castle.
So general opening rules.1. Take control over the center, (with minor pieces and pawns) or place your pawn in the center. Both ways are good.2.Develop your pieces, first at least one knight. Then develop the other minor pieces, then queen, rooks,3. The king have to be in safety. It usually means castling, but not always.
Oh, I already see that I made a mistake on the board. But it just wanted to show that, when your opponent exchanges the bishop for the knight, on the f6, and you have to take back by the pawn, then it is better to stay with the king in the middle.
There are exceptions to all these rules. My favorite is 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5
They're more guidelines than rules, certainly, but beginners would do well to learn them and try to follow them, and by the time they've figured out when they can disregard them, they'll have learned a good deal about chess.
GMema remember who taught u those rules!
The weaker you are, the more you tend to follow the rules to the letter.
Crawl before you walk!
The stronger you get, the more you need to be aware of the exceptions. If the OP's intention was to broadcast to players brand new to chess, these TEN rules are quite golden!
Those look a lot like Rueben Fine's from Chess the Easy Way. Several lists of the "rules" from great players and writers are at the Exeter Chess Club page on the subject. These are good for beginning and improving players to live by.
Certainly there are playable opening which don't begin with a center pawn, but beginners have no business playing them and are probably better off not knowing about them for a while.
Thanks for the link, Estragon!
I like this from the Exeter Chess club page:
This last point is worth particular attention, for, although it contains much wisdom, it is not always applied in current tournament practice. Unfortunately, we belong to a time when White usually tries to gain only a minimal advantage, because to try for more entails the taking of risks. Black, having no sure method of developing counterplay without risk, usually tries to minimise White's attacking possibilities. The game thus proceeds towards an endgame in which neither side has real winning chances."
-- VLASTIMIL HORT
I wonder what Hort would say about Magnus Carlsen's handling of the opening as White. It seems that he has shown that white does indeed have real winning chances in those very endgames!
Yes, for sure, 1. e4 d5 2. exd4 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. a3 is an exception to the rules!
But before a player needs to begin learning the exceptions, he needs to learn the rules! AND stop dropping pieces to simple one- or two-move tactics.
It is silly to be thinking about whether or not moving a piece a second time is a permissible exception when you should be thinking about whether or not your Queen is threatened.
This thread makes me wanna play the Grob.
1. Play an opening that suits your style. If you like wild, tactical shootouts, play e4, maybe even a King's Gambit. If you like slower, positional games, play d4 or c4.
Yes, the 10 basic rules as given are just fine for someone starting out.
It would be hard just to follow all ten rules and harder not to just drop a piece for nothing.
No need to elaborate on these ten for a novice
Roeczak's Opening Repertoire
by Doomgrace a few minutes ago
My Toughest Opponent
by LullabyVisca a few minutes ago
Enforcing Tournament Conditions
by OzHawkeye 2 minutes ago
by Pelaaja_X 6 minutes ago
Question for youth: Do you tell your friends "google it" IRL?
by bobbyDK 7 minutes ago
Is this a win for Black?
by pfren 8 minutes ago
7/11/2014 - All For The Win
by sddjade 10 minutes ago
Englund Gambit Complex
by SWJediknight 12 minutes ago
by AnishBhargava 16 minutes ago
If Fischer would played Karpov for the World Champion, who would win?
by AnishBhargava 24 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!