How to Improve at Chess: Tip #17: Know and think about the basics
I believe that one sure way to attain excellence in any field is to master the fundamentals - the basics. Once you have a strong foundation, you are able to build onto that and before long, what you once thought as lofty ideas and goals, become your basics... and you build on that. Here I am referring to the introductory basics of Chess ideas, definitions, tactics, and strategies.
I think Bruce Pandolfini's CHESS THINKING - Visual Dictionary of Chess ... is a must-read. It enables one to think in Chess language. Instead of "He is going to bring that Rook behind that one" - say, "the a-Rook will form a battery with the e3-Rook".
So, here are a few things that you need to know:
Bad (everything) vs. Good everything (What makes a bad Bishop, bad Knight, and what makes good Bishop and good Knight -hint blocked in vs free reign, limited to protection vs. attack, centralized vs. on the rim, etc)
Winning the two Bishops
(Having the) Opposition
See? there is a ton of things... as you may already have figured out. If there is a book on it, then there is a ton to know. But these are all basics that a good Chess player ought to know. Good luck!So, here is tip#17: Think in Chess language/terms - master and think about Chess basics.
For tip#16 click here.