The game of chess is one of the most complicated and complex games in existence. It may seem like a pretty simple game that you can understand immediately. This too is true – even little kids can learn the basic rules in a matter of minutes. But what separates the chess beginners and the chess masters is years and years of dedicated practice. So, the basic rule concerning this game is that if you wish to get good at it – you will have to practice, a lot.
Three different parts
The game of chess theoretically consists of three different parts – the opening game, the mid-game, and the endgame. All of these parts have their own complexities and intricacies. What you’re doing in the opening may destroy you if you do the same thing in the endgame. So, it’s very important for you to analyze all of these parts of the chess game and to learn how to play in each and every one of them if you wish to get good at the game.
So, what are some of the basic rules concerning the opening of the game? It’s rather simple – in the opening, you will want to take control of the middle of the chess board while preventing your opponent to do the same. The best way to do this would be to start the game off with a central pawn move, two squares vertically. In this way, you have set up your flag, so to speak, on the centre of the board, and you have improved your position. If your opponent’s skillful enough, then he or she will want to do the same.
Then, you will want to develop your pieces, preferably towards the middle. A lot of chess rookies make the mistake of developing their pieces towards the side of the board – this is a big mistake, as your pieces won’t be nearly as powerful there as they would be if they are to take control of the centre of the board. So, getting your knights and bishops out towards the middle, after you have set an initial bastion with your pawns, is a pretty smart move for the opening game.
Once you have done this, you will have the option to bring in your queen. In many cases this would be a mistake – again, rookies make this mistake very often. They believe that they should open the queen up as early as possible because it’s the most powerful piece in the game. But while the queen is immensely powerful – it doesn’t mean that it’s invincible. So, your opponent can use this opportunity to attack your queen while developing his or her own pieces. You will have to defend your queen and run away – and you will lose valuable moves. Your opponent will continue to develop at the same time, and he or she will dramatically improve their position.
Final of the Opening Game
And finally, one of the smartest moves that you can make in the opening game is to castle your king. In this way, you will protect it from your opponent’s attacks for the time being, and you will also connect your rooks – an important thing, by the way.
Follow these simple rules and you will see that your opening game is improved significantly. Of course, there is a lot more depth to the opening game than what we wrote about in this article. But this will suffice for now. After you have learned how to develop your pieces in the opening game, then you can move into learning more about the mid-game and the endgame as well.