Basic Chess Strategies

Chess: An Overview
September 21, 2017

Chess is all about attacks and counterattacks. It challenges players to think strategically while remaining flexible at the same time. This is because all chess players essentially aspire to get the same thing – capture their opponent’s king. However, the road to that moment is full of uncertainties and challenges. You have to be able to think on your feet.

This article seeks to help with that. It provides readers with a few guides on the basic chess tactics. Pay close attention and be sure to give them a try yourself.

Weakest Square Attack
Attacking the weakest square entails targeting the f7 and f2 squares on an opponent’s side. These squares are called as such because they are barely protected at all. To start, they only have the King by their side to protect them.
That being said, these attacks are often executed early on during the Opening stage of the match, though some players still attempt it during the early part of the Middle stage. Keep in mind that there are actually several ways to do this. You just have to be creative with regards to how you wish to
approach those two critical points.

Basic Checkmate
This pertains to a whole set of basic checkmating patterns being used by players today. Keep in mind that it does not apply to a particular position or move that instantly leads to a checkmate. Rather, the basic checkmate applies usually during the endgame stage where the king is put in an inescapable position with two rows occupied by enemy pieces.

Decoy and Deflection Techniques
A decoy essentially serves as a distraction for the other player. This is done to give the opponent something to occupy their time with as you prepare to mount your attack on an altogether different target.

Similarly, the deflection tactic is used to prevent an opponent’s piece from doing its job. For instance, by leveling an attack against your enemy’s piece, you can force it to change position or you can also stop it from defending an important square on the board. When used correctly, it could make the execution of your plans that much easier.

This article presented a couple of basic chess strategies which may prove useful for beginners. With enough practice, players should be able to get a full grasp of the examples presented here. Although rudimentary, these tactics pave the way for a greater understanding of the game works. The only thing to do now is to constantly improve on one’s game.

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