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# Beginner: Tactics

NM Alexander King Puntuación media: 820 Principiante

Learn the point values of the pieces and how to spot good moves quickly.

• ## Piece Values - Part 1

Now we're going to learn the point values of the pieces. This information is very important, and you will use it in every single game you play.
• ## Piece Values - Part 2

In this example, we're going to look at an UNEVEN TRADE, where one side gets more points than the other.
• ## Hanging Pieces - Part 1

When a piece can be captured for free, it is called a "hanging piece" or just "hanging". It is important to be on the lookout for hanging pieces, both for yourself and for your opponent!
• ## Hanging Pieces - Part 2

Sometimes hanging pieces are not so obvious. You have to really look for them!
• ## Trapped Pieces - Part 1

A piece that has no safe squares to move to is called a "trapped piece". Trapped pieces are a lot more common than you might think. Let's look at an example!
• ## Trapped Pieces - Part 2

Pieces can get trapped very early in the game. Let's look at an example.
• ## Counting - Part 1

It is extremely important to know who is ahead in points at all times. This will affect your strategy and your evaluation of the position.
• ## Counting - Part 2

Sometimes it may look like one side has the advantage, but when you actually count up the material, you realize that the opposite is true.
• ## Counting - Part 3

It is often necessary to count the material and know who is ahead before you make big decisions.
• ## Find the Best Move

All right, time for a little test! In this position, you're going to have to find the best move. And it might not be what you think it is!