My Pieces are More Powerful than Your Pieces
Do you have that one friend who ALWAYS beats you in chess? How is that even possible? I've got a secret for you: Their pieces are worth more than yours.
Look across the board... they have the same 8 pawns staring back at you. Their queen & king are right there in front of you. 2 knights, 2 rooks, 2 bishops. But it seems like once you get going, their rooks are able to do things yours aren't, their queen is flying all over the board, & their bishops are sniping you down when you slip up. Frustration!
This blog is written for the mid-level beginner. I'm talking about those of you who have been playing for a while now - maybe a year or more. You know how the pieces move, you know you're supposed to control the middle & castle your king early. You feel comfortable getting all of your pieces out & going. Sometimes you can even pull off a stunning checkmate. But whoever it is, whether it is your big brother, your neighbor from down the block, or your arch-nemesis on chess.com... they beat you time & time again.
Let me try & explain a bit of theory behind where your pieces are moving and what makes a stronger piece & a weaker piece, in beginners terms.
It begins from the very first move. I have friends who are just starting out & haven't really figured out any openings they are comfortable with yet. They are moving their pieces in a responsive manner rather than a progressive manner (they are reacting to my moves rather than attacking!). This can lead to frustration & resentment of the game.
It is no secret - when I play as white, I start off exactly the same every game (if possible). 1. e4 ... followed by 2. Bc4 ... & 3. Nc3 (ganging up on the d5 square & opening up some lines for my pieces to operate while trying to eventually castle queenside). No, it's not the best opening in the world, but it works for me. I can get out of the gates without too many surprises from my opponent, even if they are a stronger player, & I can concentrate on making my pieces MORE VALUABLE than theirs.
The Game of Real-Estate
Take a look at a recent game below, & pay close attention to the commentary I make, which should explain a LOT about what I'm getting at, making my pieces better than theirs.
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