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Things I learn from playing Chess

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I love playing Chess!
I have been actively playing chess since age 13, yet I still play like a noob.
To me, it is more than just a strategy board game.
It is more than aiming a checkmate.
It is a sacrifice, a gamble, a defense and a satisfaction in psychological trick.
I am dedicating this post to profess my love to Chess

Self quarantine makes me investing more time to improve my technique, hence, within 3 months, I raised 300 rating! I read and watched many tips and games. Sometimes, I found it too general for a beginner and lacking of technical guide that amateur like me fail to notice. As for my own notes, there are few things that I need to remind to myself:

1. When you lose Queen, don’t give up yet, protect two rooks
I must admit to lose Queen at the beginning of the game can be embarrassing and demotivating as well. It is indeed a sign of inexperienced player. Grandmasters are rarely losing their queen at the beginning of the game, and even so, it must be a worthy sacrifice, not accidental. No matter how you try to be concentrated on the game, losing Queen at earlier game (in less than 10 moves) is inevitable. However, you should not be distressed by it and continue the game. Many players resigned immediately after they lose their queen. By a meticulous strategy, you can turn the table and make a checkmate or even get your queen back by promoting your pawn. I usually switch to rely on my knights and rooks when I accidentally lose my Queen.

2. It is impossible to checkmate using only 1 knight and 1 bishop, offer remise
I thought this is general knowledge to all chess player, but surprisingly I met many people who refuse to accept my remise and finally ended the game by remise because of repetitive moves.

3. If you loss all pieces, change strategy to get remise
Yes, it is lame and embarrassing, but to get remise means you are not necessarily losing a lot of your rating. After playing numerous times, I realized some people don’t know how to checkmate. Thus they slowly lose their pieces or repeating moves that lead to remise.

4. Attack Rook diagonally, Attack bishops vertically/horizontally
Obviously, this is their weakness. I think experienced players already know this or even have better strategy.

5. Take the opponent’s knights as soon as possible
Knight is one of the most powerful piece because of its movement is unpredictable and very defensive. I often bartered my bishop for opponent’s knight. When you lose a bishop, the other bishop will be useless if you keep your valuable pieces on its the opposite color where it stands.

6. Valuable piece order:
1. Queen
2. Rook
3. Knight
4. Bishop
5. Pawn
Some players have different priority. My boyfriend prefers to lose his rook than his knight, I rather lose my knight than my rook. However, this is always depending on the condition. Why should you keep rook, if it means you can get the opponent queen and checkmate the game with knight?

Here is another example how few pieces can still checkmate.

7. Move your pawn to E4 and D4 and dominate area Row 4
Maybe you would like to experiment with Queen’s Gambit move. If you are a Grandmaster like Magnus Carlsen, Queen’s Gambit move is unpredictable move. Only if you know the drill. Otherwise, this opening fools you and trap you to your own blunder. If you are an amateur like me, I advice you to move your pawn to E4 and D4. It gives freedom of movement to other pieces, especially knights and bishops.

8. After castling, don’t forget to move your pieces in front of your king
When your pieces already developed, you may castling your king and rook. However, many people often forget to move the pawn. Either because they are too focused on aiming the opponent’s king or they are feeling protected being surrounded by other pieces, which is actually blocking the king’s movement.

So here it is my own tips to avoid blunder, survive the game, increase the winning chance, secure your current rank and meet more challenging opponents. I know it does not guarantee you to be a champion and there are more better tips you can search online written by professional chess players. If you have better tips, please share it on the comment section!

If you love to play chess too and want to play together with me, here is my chess profile and invite me to the game! I’m looking forward to play with you! 🙂

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