Chess is a fun game that challenges your mind. It is an age old board game, and is very fun. However, some people seem to think it’s very hard. There are many technicalities in the game, and most people think you need to be a genius to win a game. The truth is, there are many ways to outsmart your opponent and win at chess.
Here are some tips on how to beat most people at chess:
Learn the intricacies of the game. There are many rules in chess. Also, each piece has a specific task, so you should know each of them very well. To start off, there are sixteen pieces on a chess board, each differing by rank. The pawns have the lowest rank, and the highest number (there are eight). Although low ranking, it can be your best tool to capture an opponent’s piece because it is low-risk. It moves straight forward, for up to two squares. When capturing an opponent, the pawn can only move one diagonal square to the left or to the right. The rook, symbolized by a tower, can move horizontally and vertically over an unlimited number of squares, while the bishop can do the same diagonally. The two knights can capture opponents at an “L” movement in the chess board. The best, although most high risk, weapon you can use is the queen, as it can move in any direction in the chessboard. However, the most important piece in the whole game is the king, as the objective of the game is to protect it. There are many chess pieces (sixteen in total), so you have to constantly practice to know them and their functions by heart.
Know the strategies and special rules. There are a few key points you should know about the rules in order to increase your chances of winning the game. The first is called castling, where the king moves to the square of the rook, leaving it to go to the other side of the king. You cannot do this if the king is in check as it is not allowed in the game. This is special because in no other period of the game can you move two pieces at the same time. You can only do this once per game, and you have to follow a few set conditions. Use it wisely!
Know what to do when your king is in check. There are only two things you can do if your king is in check, so you should think very carefully before doing anything. Your first option is to move your king to a square where it will be safe. However, if there are other pieces around your king, you could be in trouble. Your second option is to capture the piece that placed your king in check. Remember that you only have lost when you have been checkmated, so don’t lose hope when you have been placed in check.
Chess is a game, which stimulates people intellectually. It is very easy to win at chess. Follow these simple tips and impress your friends with your chess strategies!