How to play chess (II): Practical tips

We have already talked in another article about how to play chess: board placement and piece movements. Today we will learn some basic moves and see some tips.

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If it is not the most important movement, it is essential. It is the castling.

How is it done? There are two castling moves: long and short. You must move your king two squares towards the rook you castled. Now take the rook you have moved towards and put it next to the king, but "on the other side".


When can you castle? When you have not moved the king in the whole game or the particular rook involved in the castling. In addition, there must be no pieces between the rook and the king, so all the squares in the corridor must be empty. The king cannot be in check either before or as a result of the castling and none of the squares through which the castling circulates must be threatened.

Why castling? To protect and defend the king more. Bear in mind that it is preferable to castle on the side that is more armoured with pawns. It makes no sense to move the king to one side without a previous file to defend it. This move is very important because it "kills two birds with one stone": it defends the king and puts the rook in a very aggressive position, in the centre of the board.


First of all, he thinks that it is very important in the chess dominate the centre of the board. To dominate means to advance the pieces towards it and to threaten from it. That is why it is very important to pawns of the centre.

Speaking of pawns, although they may not seem like it because we have so many of them, they are very important pieces in the chess. A single pawn advantage can be decisive at the end of the game. Pawn endgame battles are most exciting and every move must be studied carefully.

Do not take the king out for a "stroll". It must always be well protected. However, when the games come to an end, we are often faced with a pitched battle of pawns and kings. Then they take up the sword and become a strategic and very important piece in winning.

Be careful not to "walk" the queen too much or expose her to too much danger because she is the most valuable piece. Whenever you use her, use her wisely. The queen is very dangerous, but you have to know how to handle her very well.

Exchanges: We say "exchange" when we attack with a piece knowing that in the next move it will be killed. We can also call it a "sacrifice". A piece sacrifice is only justified in two cases: when we win, i.e. when we lose pieces of lesser value than our opponents (they kill a bishop, but in exchange we kill a queen) or when we gain a great strategic value. In the latter case it is easy to make a mistake, so these are master moves more suitable for advanced players. Sometimes it is worth sacrificing a pawn or a piece of greater value to dominate the centre or because we see a future move in which we will gain much more.

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A good tip is to try to solve the chess problems in the newspapers. They are often complicated, but we can spend some time thinking about them and then check the solution and try to understand it.

Of course, you can also give us tips about the fascinating game of chess. Tell us about them in the forum.

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