Beginner's Syndrome

Sep 22, 2011, 12:37 PM |

     So have you ever found yourself in a position where you feel as if you need to save all of your pieces? Do you cling onto your Queen for dear life? Or are you okay with splitting with her? In this article, I am going to illustrate some of the Chess Principles, or Guidelines, that we should all follow (Well, ask ourselves if the moment is right!) when we are lacking a solidified plan.



Now, we can continue with the article.
Now, the main points of this game:
1. Stop your opponents plans.
2. An attack does NOT always lead to a CheckMate! And that is fine.
3. Make a well-informed decision based on Chess Principles.
4. Trading down is fine when you have material advantages. It gets rid of the enemies resources.
I titled this the Beginner's Syndrome because every new player or novice player in their own right does not know how to part ways with their beloved queen. When they have a lead, they try to keep all of their pieces and force a checkmate out of a position that calls for improvement instead. This is when the player that is down begins to think harder. They become more dangerous - a trapped animal must fight and so they shall. If you cut off their legs, then they can't run. If you cut off their arms then they can't use those. Resources, they are always there. Look for them, and depending on which side of the stick you are on, use them to your advantage or cut them completely off.