Chess is a game of tremendous, yet finite possibilities. It gives rise to tactics and strategies that some of the most brilliant minds have worked hard to formulate. But before we get there, let’s dial it back to what every beginner chess lesson should drill into a student’s mind – basic strategy. While there are many things to keep in mind while playing chess, here are three things that we believe every beginner chess player can easily keep in mind and better their game.
Controlling the Centre of the Board
Regardless of who is sitting across from you, one fact will never change – the centre of the board is valuable real estate. One of the most important beginner chess lessons you will learn is that taking control of the centre should be a top priority. When occupying a central square, a piece has more opportunities for movement, threatens more squares, and allows you more opportunities as a beginner to pivot if you find yourself in a situation you did not anticipate.
TIP: A great piece to control the centre with is a pawn. Being a short ranged, low value piece, putting them in the centre of the board takes those placement opportunities from your opponent.
Pawns Work Best Together
As a beginner in chess, it’s easy to get caught up in the more powerful pieces on the board and neglect your pawns. Moving your pawns with the right intent is important, and keeping them in proper formation can really put pressure on your opponent. Try keeping your pawns side by side. A ‘phalanx’ of pawns moving forward side-by-side can give you a big advantage, and provide some cover for more valuable pieces. Keeping your pawns working in unison is a great habit to form as a beginner.
You King Could Use a Bodyguard
Without this advice, our beginner chess lesson would not be as beginner friendly as we would like. At the basis of chess, are the two kings. Their positioning dictates how the game plays out. As a beginner, you should focus on the very basics of your king’s positioning, by making sure he has some pieces protecting him. You can experiment with what pieces you dedicate to this role, e.g. a wall of pawns, a few pawns and an aptly placed rook, etc. Pawns are often the best bodyguard pieces in this respect. The main point is to review your king’s positioning every turn and keep his protection in the forefront of your mind. By making this a habit, protecting your king will become second nature.
That’s all for our beginner chess lesson diving into basic strategies. Play a few games with these pillars in mind and see how it feels. We also invite you to join the Premier Chess Coaching family by signing up for a chess lesson! We have the best coaches in London that love to teach group and private lessons.