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10 common beginner's chess mistakes

10 common beginner's chess mistakes

Jan 12, 2017, 9:37 AM 2

Learning play chess well is a long process, so here are some advises for beginner players, how they could improve the game and avoid common mistakes.

  1. Bringing out queen to early.  Queen is very powerful piece, but it is very vulnerable too. Many students like to go for Scholar's mate or try to maneuver  with queen and win some material. It is might be enough against very weak players, but against better players it would be a disaster play like this.
  2. Not controlling the center. It is important to control center, as it helps your pieces to maneuver around and as well, with the strong center it is easier to attack your opponent pieces and king. Giving up center leads to a difficult position.
  3. Moving piece twice in the opening. In the start of the chess game each piece should move only once, unless it has been attacked or you can gain material advantage. If piece randomly moves several times, it delays development of the other pieces and gives your opponent an advantage.
  4. Not castling. It is important to castle as soon as possible. Castling guarantees your king safety and connects the rooks. King in the center much more vulnerable to opponent attacks compare to being castled on the side of the board.
  5. King protection. Many beginner players do random moves with the side pawns, remember that three pawns in front of the king are important for the king defense, once the pawn move forward it can not come back. The less pawns close to the king the more dangerous king's position is.
  6. Copy catting. For some reason young beginner players like to copycat moves, in general there is no need to do that and if you do, remember you are always one move behind, majority of the time copy caters will end up in a bad position, missing some check or checkmate threat due to copycatting.
  7. Not thinking about the opponent's plan. Remember whenever your opponent does a move, he does it for the purpose. There are famous saying"Think about the opponent move before you do your move". It is very true, before you decide your next move, think why did your opponent moved there? Is there any check or checkmate threat?Does he attacking any piece? Is it supporting any pawn break? What might be his next move? What would be the best answer to prevent his plan? Only after you answered for yourself this questions, do your own move.  
  8. Making blunders. It is important to understand that chess is a different sport from basketball or football. Good chess player should posses high level of accuracy, patience, long thinking and considering every step. Here is not as important to make move fast or be extremely fit. And remember in chess one mistake might be decisive. 
  9. Stalemate. Many beginner players once have a decisive advantage forget about the possibility of the stalemate, it is important to remember once opponent got only king that if your move not a check, king should have at least one square to move, there easy to see, if spend additional few seconds before the move you decided.
  10. Not using king in the endgames. Somehow students forget that king is a piece which can play too, yes it has to be save in the start and middle game, but once it comes to the end king has to be an active piece.

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