There’s more to chess than a form of recreation. The board game is in fact art itself. Whether you’re still studying the game, or heaping a number of championship trophies under your name, chess gives its players enough opportunities to innovate tactics and techniques. The secret is to be brilliant at planning, be keen and alert and be discerning of your adversary’s moves. This is what’s great about chess. With new challenges always on the rise, it’s impossible to get bored. The assortment of moves in the game is almost endless, which is not the case with your regular board games.
In the game, there is no such thing as chance, Lady Luck, or Kismet. If you think of it, it’s your skill, level of concentration, intelligence and a bit of intuition that will help you trump the match. The ability to think and plan ahead of your adversary is of vital importance.
To “know thyself” is one Greek saying that rings a bell in chess. Apart from the game, you also need to know your enemy. Complete self-understanding is the key to identifying your goal as a chess player. It’s not surprising that many players aspire to be chess grand masters and big-time winners. Still, being a top player isn’t just a matter of making choices, but also knowing how you make them, why you think in such manner and having the courage to take action! You need the ability to take risks but refrain from being overly cautious. Remember to focus on the match. You’re good as gone if you’re not awake the whole time. Note that passive playing is dissimilar from defensive playing. If you’re a defensive player by nature, then this too shouldn’t pose a problem.
At the course of the game, consider where you will place your pawns. The front line is where a lot of defence tactics and ground play will take place. Stay sharp. Find an opening. If possible, avoid exchanging pieces with your opponent. Spend the first few minutes by blocking the advance of your opponent’s pieces. Then wait. You can then spring an offense as soon as the opportunity comes along. An aggressive game plan is definitely for you if you think that risks are sometimes required to get a leverage on the game. Your move: strengthen your chess pieces. Knights are extremely valuable with this sort of playing style.
You can observe here how your knights can engineer an open position for your bishops and Queen. The pawns can also divert your opponent’s focus, as you wage an attack. This sort of game plan has worked well for many newbies and experts alike. If you feel like trying it out, feel free to do so. Still, there are no clear-cut rules to play the game. Follow your instincts. Not all players play the same way, you see. Some prefer short cuts; others prefer longer, more challenging matches. If you love risks, like living on the edge and enjoy the thrill of adventure, then simply be yourself!
Now, for a strong opening, you may want to keep your central pieces intact and away from your opponent’s clutches. Swap pieces, but keep the queen safe, and your two rooks as well. This method is called the Butcher. Here, you’re coercing your opponent to move his king, making the key piece vulnerable to an attack.
My advice is to practice the basics of chess to the best of your ability, and boost your game by playing more experienced opponents as often as possible. Take note: “Iron sharpens iron.”
Learn the famous strategies of the Masters of chess and think about their thought processes. Then go out and do the same if you can!
Don’t be a full-time imitator, however. Find time to develop your own particular style, moves, methods and strategies. Just remember that a mastery of your thought processes coupled with insight is very important in chess. That is a key to trumping in the game of chess.