Chess is one of the original “war games ” and is based on rules, maneuvers, and strategy. Strategy plays an extremely important role for moves and counter moves; not unlike many other things in life. If your goal in chess is to win, then strategy is a must. It might seem that chess is a complicated game, but it can be learned quite easily. Once the basics are known, you can start practicing different strategies so that you can stay ahead of your opponent and keep yourself in a winning position. There are a few different strategies you can implement in your game to help you do this.
1. Start with a good opening strategy. The chess opening is the group of initial moves in the game that can, if done with strategy and caution determine the rest of your game. There are a variety of different opening strategies that range from a quiet positional play, to extremely aggressive plays. Professional players spend years coming up with strategies for their opening game. The main objectives for good opening strategies is to develop your pieces on useful squares, control the center board, structure your pawns for strength, and keep your king safe.
2. The Four move checkmate. This is a strategy that is used mostly by beginners, but if done carefully can be used by more advanced players as well. This strategy can be done in four moves and get you into a winning position quickly; if you can get it past your opponent without them realizing what you’re doing. Although it can be done in four moves, the best way to do it is to use more than four moves so your opponent doesn’t catch on to your strategy.
3. Castling. Although this is a familiar term to all players in chess, it can still be a very powerful strategy to winning. It is a play used by the king and a rook piece that is often recommended during the opening phase of the game. It’s a defensive move that increases the king’s safety, which puts you into a better winning position.
4. Pawn promotion. This too is no secret strategy but is very useful in increases your chances of winning the game. If you can get your pawn to the other side of the board it is promoted to a different piece (except the king or another pawn). Most players will promote their piece to the queen. This can give you a huge advantage over your opponent; imagine what it would do for you game if you had more than one pawn on the other side of the board?
5. Controlling the Board Center. Even the most advanced chess players know that if they control the board center it will improve their chances of winning. Why? In controlling the board center you allow yourself more control over more squares and prevent your opponent’s movement. Don’t be fooled though, controlling the board center isn’t always easy and takes some effort in thinking ahead and knowing your opponent well. The center is where most of the action happens so if you have control of it you are more likely to launch fatal attacks on your enemy while still protecting your pieces.
6. The Stalemate Chess Strategy. So even after all your planning and strategizing you’ve still found yourself on the losing side and you’re ready to throw in the towel. Before you do that though you might want to try out this strategy. As your opponent sees that they have taken most of your pieces and assumes that the game is over you can make your move. Your opponent will give away his last pieces and his pawns or move them toward you thinking that you are defeated. When you move in by covering all the squares to make sure there is no escape he will realize that there is nowhere for his king to move and he is in check. The game will be a draw instead of a loss.
As you can see there are many chess strategies to get you in a winning position, even if you think you have nothing left to play and are defeated. The trick is finding the one you’re good at and getting good enough to slide it past your opponent.