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Tips for Winning Chess Strategy
10 Tips

Winning Chess Strategy

by International Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier

Chess Strategy - Getting Started

Play chess! Chess is a game of strategy and tactics. Each player commands an army of 16 chessmen - pawns and other pieces (the King, Queen, Bishops, Knights, and Rooks).

A well-played chess game has three stages. In the chess opening, the players bring out their forces in preparation for combat. The middlegame begins as the chess players maneuver for position and carry out attacks and counterattacks. The final stage is the chess endgame when, with fewer pawns and pieces left on the board, it is safer for the Kings to come out and join the final battle.

As chess play proceeds, each chess player will capture some of the opponent's men; often, the capturing pieces are immediately recaptured. As long as the chess piece a player gives up is generally equal to the chess piece he gets in return, we say the players are exchanging. If you unintentionally place a chess piece where it can be captured without getting a chess piece of equal value in return, we say that you put that piece en prise. (This is a French term that literally means "in take.") Sometimes a chess player may place a piece en prise in order to trick an opponent. If the opponent captures the offered man, it may leave him open to attack.

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Chess Strategy - Tips

It's time for you to take a look at these ten tips to help you learn some simple ways to win more games: 

1. Look at your opponent's move when you play chess.

2. Make the best possible move when you play chess.

3. Have a plan when you play chess when you play chess.

4. Know what the pieces are worth when you play chess.

5. Develop quickly and well when you play chess.

6. Control the center when you play chess.

7. Keep your King safe when you play chess.

8. Know when to trade pieces when you play chess.

9. Think about the endgame when you play chess.

10. Always be alert when you play chess.

Don't rush when you play chess. Take your time and be sure to study the examples carefully. Then go out and practice - and have some fun!

Chess Strategy Answers

Source: United States Chess Federation

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