list of general principles, guidelines and rules of thumb


  • 6 years ago · Quote · #1

    TongLen

    hey everyone!

    this thread is dedicated to list all of those wise "one-liners" of good chess playing. 

    i started to write these things down in my journal whenever i encounter them.

     

    here are a few to start the topic/discussion:

    - "if you see a good move - look for a better one"

    - "in the opening, move every piece once before you move any piece twice, unless there is a tactic"

    - "A premature attack is doomed to failure"

    - "if you don't know what to do, identify your worst piece and make it better"

    - "In the endgame the most important idea is often to activate your king"

     

    it would be cool if you could contribute some more of those, with or without further explanation

    thanks

     

     

     

    also: (from a chess cafe article):

    "Because guidelines are so variable, learning how to apply and prioritize them becomes 

    at least as important as learning them in the first place"  see: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman09.pdf

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #2

    TongLen

    after researching a little more ... i found this list:

    http://danheisman.home.comcast.net/~danheisman/Articles/Dan_sayings.html

     

    AWESOME !!! =)

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #3

    bjazz

    I can contribute a valuable piece of information about the phrase 'rule of thumb':

    the phrase is derived from an old english law, which states that you shouldn't beat your wife with anything thicker than a man's thumb.

    I agree with it 100%

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4

    BESINIO

    informative though . . . .

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5

    Casual_Joe

    When attacked on a wing, counter-attack in the center.

    All rook endings are drawn.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6

    Conflagration_Planet

    When you see a bad move, look for a worse one.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7

    MyCowsCanFly

    "Two bishops are worth three bishops. One bishop is worth half a bishop."

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8

    Salaiz

    When in doubt, whip it out!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #9

    AdorableMogwai

    "Queen and a knight, you're alright." (referring to how the queen coordinates with the knight well)

     

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  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10

    TitanCG

    Philidor said "pawns are the soul of chess" so you're in good company.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11

    KyleMayhugh

    Bc5 in the Ruy Lopez by black should be reflexively met by white with c3.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12

    DrSpudnik

    Salaiz wrote:

    When in doubt, whip it out!

    LOLZ! Laughing

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13

    Raja_Kentut

    The rules (eg. general principles) are made to be broken. Just make sure you can get away with it! Wink

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #14

    chessmaster102

    Conflagration_Planet wrote:

    When you see a bad move, look for a worse one.

    lmbo

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #15

    DrCheckevertim

    "'Chess is a big fat waste of time.' -Garry Kasparov"

        -chessplayer11

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #16

    AndyClifton

    "Bogolyubov is big and fat." --Alekhine


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