Chess Tips on How to Get Better at Chess 1. Learn the basic checkmates Learning the basic mates and focusing on basic tactics is the most productive use of your chess study time. Most games between beginners and intermediates are decided by blunders or overlooked tactics. 2. Learn the basic endgames After tactics the next…
“Lack of patience is probably the most common reason for losing a game, or drawing games that should have been won.” – Bent Larsen Patience in Chess This is the first entry in our chess tips series. Winning and losing in chess is many times a result not of what you do not know, but…
The road to chess improvement is a long and winding one, but with these 10 tips will help you survive the journey and increase your chess level. Chess Improvement Tips 1. Eliminate blunders. 2. Become proficient at finding offensive and defensive tactics. 3. Stop playing “hope chess“. Analyze at least 4 ply deep, and make…
You see a tactical combination on the board and you have the opportunity to play it…you become excited, after all this is your moment to play like Tal, but chances are that you do not play like Tal. While you have spotted a tactical opportunity, it may not be the best move, it might even be…
1. Look at the whole board.
2. Look for immediate opponent threats.
3. Narrate tactical themes (Hanging bishop, skewerable or forkable pieces, etc.).
4. Look at more than one candidate (when you find a good move look for a better one).
5. Calculate at least 6 ply (3 moves) deep.
6. Look for in-between moves.
7. Examine forcing moves first in the order of checks, captures and threats.
8. When all seems lost, look for stalemate possibilities.
9. If you feel you are on the right track, but your are not finding the winning move, then try to reverse the move order.