Chess is a game of strategy and tactics. Each player commands an army of 16 chessmen — pawns and other pieces (the king, queen, bishops, knights, and rooks).
As play proceeds, each player will capture some of the opponent’s men; often, the capturing pieces are immediately recaptured. As long as the piece a player gives up is generally equal to the piece he gets in return, we say the players are exchanging. If you unintentionally place a piece where it can be captured without getting a piece of equal value in return, we say that you put that piece en prise. (This is a French term that literally means “in take.”) Sometimes a player may place a piece en prise in order to trick an opponent. If the opponent captures the offered man, it may leave him open to attack.
It’s time for you to take a look at these ten tips to help you learn some simple ways to win more games:
- Look at your opponent’s move.
- Make the best possible move.
- Have a plan.
- Know what the pieces are worth.
- Develop quickly and well.
- Control the center.
- Keep your king safe.
- Know when to trade pieces.
- Think about the endgame.
- Always be alert.
Don’t rush. Take your time and be sure to study the examples carefully. Then go out and practice – and have some fun!