Weekly Article: The DO's and DON'Ts of Chess, Part Two
The DO's and DON'Ts of Chess: Week 3 - August 23, 2011
"Chess is an intriguing game, played by some of the most influential human beings to ever walk the earth - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, William Henry Gates and many more! I think it is only fair that you learn the DO's and DON'Ts of chess. After all, what is more important than learning what to do and what not to do?"
DON'T Move Your QueenToo Early
Your Queen is one of the most important pieces on your side of the board, excluding the King. You must keep her safe and under constant protection from your other pieces. When I say this, I do not mean guarding your Queen with a Knight after she gets attacked by a pawn. To state the matter clearly, do not advance your Queen into foreign territory unless it is absolutely needed. If you're on the same page as I am, then you know that moving the Queen too early is not a good idea [unless you're highly skilled and know that you can protect her].
DO Use Your Pawns
Your pawns can pack quite an amazing amount of both offense and defense. In terms of offense, the pawns may be short on firepower. To make up for their small amount of attack on the board, the pawns can become an extremely dangerous weapon when they advance in numbers! By advancing your pawns you can apply pressure on your opponent, cover up a certain amount of squares, and restrict your opponent's movement. Accompanied by your Bishops and Knights, your pawns will rock the board!
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