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How to Learn Chess


A lot of people ask me to improve their chess strategy, but is that the key to winning? What you need are both strategy (big picture) and tactics (small picture). Since everything keeps changing on the board and it is a long way to go to become a master chess player, tactics usually rule the day. When two possible tactical choices will give you equal results, then you look to which position you would prefer the pieces to be in that might result in a long-term gain. For example, pawns can never move backward. What will happen if my pawn is in that space later? Yes, I am another step closer to crossing the board and awarding myself a great piece at the other end, but am I leaving my king exposed to attack? (That consideration is an example of strategic thinking).
 
A great example of tactical play is use of the fork. Each player only gets one turn at a time. Yet there are multiple potential moves you can make, and you can use this knowledge to multiply the power of a single piece. For example, if you land your knight on a space where its next move provides a choice of good undefended targets, then you are essentially attacking two pieces in a single move. Its much harder to defend two pieces at the time than it is to attack them. The player who leaves himself or herself open to a fork will likely lose their material.

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