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10 Tips to be Better at Chess

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Chess requires concentration, commitment and stability. You need to be good at planning, have a good degree of foresight and a burning desire to win.

As with anything, the more you play, the better you’ll get. Use the tried and tested tips outlined in this article to gain a competitive edge over your opponents, and you’ll be a winner in no time.

Learn the rules inside and out

This one’s a given – but it might not benefit you in the way that you think. If you learn the rules, you won’t just learn more about your own pieces, but you can develop enough to call your opponent out for illegal moves!

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Practice, practice, practice!

The key to success is practice, and chess is no different. If you really want to be the best, you need to regularly practice in order to hone your skills.

If you can’t find friends or family to play with, don’t worry: there are plenty of apps out there!

Learn from your mistakes (and wins!)

It’s important to sit back and review every game you play. You can note down the moves and can analyze that what went wrong or what went right! If you’re playing online, almost all the apps have the capability to review your games.

Use all of the resources available to you

So many players only focus on their pawns, king and queen, leading to an easy opposing victory. Don’t be like that and use ALL of the pieces to their full potential. It’s important for the beginners to learn about how to play chess and it’s theory.

Think about your move – don’t be impulsive!

Impulsive actions can signal the end of your game. Chess is all about strategy and skill, so you need to carefully calculate where you move your pieces and when. Which brings us onto the next tip:

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Anticipate the next moves

Set your opponent up for failure!

Move your pieces provocatively to your own advantage; there’s no harm in sacrificing one piece to secure an overall win.

Perhaps more importantly, every good chess player needs to be able to calculate the next 4-5 moves, using this ‘foresight’ to their own advantage. It’s not as hard as you think, and will develop naturally over time.

Watch how the pros play

Watching how professionals operate can be an eye-opening experience; learn what they do in order to win, and study WHY their moves worked in the way that they did.

If you do plan to study a professional game, you should focus mainly on the end game.

Be patient

Just as you shouldn’t be impulsive, you need to be patient. Some games can last a significant amount of time – but as long as you work hard on securing a victory, it will all be worth it.

Memorize your best games

Chess only has a limited amount of moves, so it’s extremely important to memorize the winning combinations. If it’s worked once, chances are that it will work again!

If you want to be double sure of a victory, you could even memorize a grandmaster’s moves!

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Most importantly: have fun!

If you get caught up in learning how to be the best at chess, you’ll stop loving the game. If you don’t enjoy playing, then you won’t have the drive to win.

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