5 Beginner Chess Tips to Prevent Typical Mistakes

Chess is one of the most engaging games played all over the world. Be it a professional or a newcomer anyone can improve at chess by practicing but that doesn’t mean you can’t start off good. We reviewed some of the most basic mistakes rookies make. So that you can avoid them when you start playing chess.

Making excessive moves with Pawns

In the opening, make fewer moves with the pawns, and they should cover the center of the board and take control of the game. By moving too many pawns in the start (a mistake made by the rookies) the development and gameplay of Knights and bishops are delayed and also the King is left exposed for too long. One should move few pawns in the start. Develop the more powerful pieces “Bishops and Knights” and then use the pawns to proceed in the game and save your important pieces.

Weakening the Castling

During the opening, we place our pieces strategically around our king to form a castle of sorts to make the defense of our king strong and we try not to over crowd the board in one place. The pawns should develop with the knights and the bishops playing parallel. The queen should be a part of the castle and must not be prematurely developed throughout the game.

Keeping pieces undefended

As I have mentioned before, do not overcrowd the board by placing too many pawns at one place but do keep enough pawns around every single piece to make sure the defense is strong enough against enemy’s moves.

Proper castling of each and every important piece at the right time is the true essence of a game played by a chest maestro.

Giving up too early

Chess has a large number of defensive resources. The tough you keep your resistance the higher are the chances you have to steal away half a point or you might even get a chance to steal the whole one. Even if at any point in the game you feel that you are in danger, you should stay calm and look for chances to make counter-plays or any chance to save yourself from losing the game. You should stay calm and stand your ground, you shouldn’t forget that your opponent is also human and they also tend to blunder time by time.

Poor Time Management

This is a problem which is common among amateurs and the top 10 pro players both. When you start the game off and when things start to get complicated you might start playing superficially and getting nervous, these things will make you blunder and choose wrong moves. To win the game you have to be confident and not waste your time while being nervous and lost throughout the game. Have trust in the moves you make and manage the time in a way which will prove helpful against your opponent.

A new method of beginner’s instruction!

So I came up upon this blog post of Grandmaster Alex Colovic (Top rated player in Macedonia, participant in the Chess Olympiad and chess coach). In the post he announces a new instructive training method where he analyses a position with a club level player at the same time, without the use of an engine. In this manner the chess coach is able to assess where the player’s thinking is going wrong while the memory of the game is still fresh in the player’s mind. He is able to offer tailored advise and provides plenty of instructional moments.

For the video I’ve included above, GM Colovic analysed the game between David Kramaley, co-founder of chess learning site Chessable and a random online opponent on Chess.com. The key takeaway seems to be the case for many of us. Develop a disciplined manner of thinking where you always go through the same steps before making your move. For the player in the analysis this involves always considering ALL candidate moves before moving, not just one or two.

Whether or not most of us can afford our own master-level coach, either way I plan to start applying such a disciplined thinking pattern to my own game and I think you should too. Best of luck in your improvement efforts, dear readers!

The Best Chess Books!

If you want to get good at chess, you better be prepared to read a lot. A good chess player reads a lot of books about chess so that they don’t make the same mistake other players have made when they were improving. Reading books about Chess is the best way to get more knowledge about the game and if you truly like playing chess then reading the best Chess books will definitely be a great use of your time. Having read the top selection of the best chess books by chess masters, I was encouraged to pick my own favorites, here they are:

Collection School of Chess Excellence by Dvoretsky

This is not a single book but rather a complete collection of 5 books. These books are aimed towards experienced players that are hoping to advance their game. The Collection School of Chess Excellence is by far one of the most comprehensive and best chess books ever due to the vast amount of positions, strategies, recommendations and information regarding chess. Some strategies can even give the most experienced grandmasters a good run for their money.

Chess by Laszlo Polgar

Chess by Laszlo Polgar is one of the best chess books ever written. If you’re a beginner and want to improve your game fast, then this chess book is made for you. This book contains 5,334 different chess problems, combinations and games that will boost the tactical capacity of any beginner. Even though this is a great book for beginners experienced players can learn quite a bit as well. The majority of this book is complex enough to give experienced players a workout while keeping them entertained. It definitely worked for me which means it’ll probably work just as well for you.

Zurich International Tournament by David Bronstein

If you’re looking for one the best chess books that are more focused on the story, then Zurich International Tournament is the perfect fit. The Zurich International Tournament held in 1953 was the most meaningful tournament in the postwar years and constrains all parts of the tournament contenders. In the comments made by the author, more focus has been put on the middlegames of each game.

Secrets of Grandmaster Play by Nunn

The Secrets of Grandmaster Play is not a very well-known book but reading it will definitely help you understand how to win at chess and help you become a better strategist. This book is targeted towards advanced players that need to figure out a way to reach the next level of their game to prepare themselves to reach for the title of the grandmaster.

My 60 Most Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer was one of the best chess players of all time, this book has Bobby Fischer’s 60 most memorable games documented which any chess enthusiast will love to read. This book is written by Bobby Fischer himself and covers a rather awesome selection of games, not just the wins. Reading about how Bobby Fischer felt when losing or having a draw is an experience of its own and will surely result in a great read for any chess enthusiast.

I hope you enjoy some of my recommendations, and good luck on your path of chess improvement!