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list of general principles, guidelines and rules of thumb

  • #1

    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





    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

  • #2

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



    AWESOME !!! =)

  • #3

    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

    informative though . . . .

  • #5

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

    All rook endings are drawn.

  • #6

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

  • #7

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

  • #8

    When in doubt, whip it out!

  • #9

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



  • #10

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

  • #11

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

  • #12
    Salaiz wrote:

    When in doubt, whip it out!

    LOLZ! Laughing

  • #13

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

  • #14
    Conflagration_Planet wrote:

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


  • #15

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


  • #16

    "Bogolyubov is big and fat." --Alekhine


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