Mastery: Strategy

What You Should Always Do

What You Should Always Do

Follow along with WGM Tatev Abrahamyan as she explains some of the best practices that top players follow. She covers why you need to anticipate your opponent's plans, why you should take your time, why you shouldn't underestimate your opponents and much more.

  • How To Think Like Your Opponent In Chess

    Is there one quick change you could make to your chess game to greatly improve your results? The answer is to simply try to think about the game from your opponent's point-of-view. Learn how to think about what your opponent is up to in this lesson.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Take Your Time In Chess

    Time in chess has two meanings: the actual clock you must adhere to, and how quickly your pieces reach their intended destinations. In this lesson, learn how to take your time during an attack and not rush into a position too quickly.

    • 16 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Don't Be Greedy In Chess

    Material imbalances decide a lot of chess games, but you shouldn't go too far and be greedy at the cost of development or strategy. In this lesson, learn how to not overextend yourself chasing material gains.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why You Should Never Give Up In Chess

    You can't win a game by resigning, and you shouldn't give up in chess when there is a chance your opponent will not convert the advantage. In this lesson, learn how to fight on against the odds and it may pay off.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Think Before Taking A Draw In Chess

    If you're in a position where you have much less risk than your opponent, you should think hard before accepting a draw. Learn how to evaluate your winning and losing chances in a position before splitting the point.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Trust Your Chess Intuition

    As you grow as a chess player you will develop a sense of intuition over the chessboard. Learn how to trust this sense to be more aware of winning ideas using your pattern-recognition skills.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why You Should Always Have A Plan In Chess

    In chess, you can't let up on a winning position, hoping to coast to a win. Learn why you need a plan to finish the game even when you're up huge material—or the tables can quickly be turned.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why You Should Always Pause To Calculate In Chess

    Chess games often hinge on the results of a single move, so it's important to take your time to calculate during critical moments. Learn how to know when to take that extra step in calculation to check your tactics.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why You Should Muddy The Waters In Chess

    When playing against a human opponent, sometimes it pays off to create uncertainty and complications on the chessboard. Learn how to muddy the waters the right way in this lesson, and you just might save a few games.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Never Underestimate Your Opponent

    The last thing you want to do in a chess game is underestimate your opponent. Learn how to always respect the position on the board to avoid danger in this lesson.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why You Should Study Master Games

    Studying the games of chess masters is an important part of the improvement process in chess. Take the time to learn from the players who have gone before you to the peak of the chess world, and you might find more success in your own games.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why You Should Study Master Games: Capablanca vs Carlsen

    One more big reason you should study master games is how often the themes, strategies and tactics repeat themselves through the years over the chessboard. Compare these two brilliant games by Capablanca and Carlsen, 76 years apart.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
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