Top 10 strategies for the Beginner Chess Player

My Young but formidable chess player

My Young but formidable chess player

In order to win at chess, some form of strategy must be implemented to intercept any assault on the chess pieces and of course weaken the opponent’s defenses. Therefore, an intimate understanding of the value and faculties of each chess piece is required of the beginner chess player to efficiently maneuver the chess pieces and achieve some kind of fluidity on the chessboard.

Here are the top 10 strategies for the beginner chess player that will serve as a tactical guidebook in the play of his first few matches.

(1) Master your opening move. The opening move is crucial since that will influence the entire course of the chess game. And while opening strategies may be endless, setting up a pawn in front of either the queen or the king is a sound opening strategy. This basic maneuver opens up paths for the other pieces to spring from the back file.

(2) Establish center control. The squares right on the center of the chess board (d4, d5, e4 and e5) are critical board areas. Thus, the beginner chess player’s initial moves should be dedicated to gaining control of the center since pieces tend to be more menacing and mobile, the closer they are to the center.

(3) Castle early on as much as possible! The king’s safety is crucial. While other pieces can be positioned on the central squares, the king should never be dragged towards it. That is the worst position for the king, whether in the opening or in the middle game.

(4) Do not move the same piece twice in the opening. Each chess piece movement should be complemented by purpose and should likewise improve the piece’s position on the board. Thus during the chess game, take care not to move a chess piece pointlessly.

(5) Never advance the pawn obverse the castled king. This move will open up possibilities for an attack that would be hard to defend.

(6) Never drag the queen out too early in the chess game. The queen is the most enticing target for the opponent to trap, particularly in a crowded chessboard. As much as possible, make the queen the last chess piece to develop.

(7) Advance the knights ahead of the bishop. Chess pieces are rightfully engaged to either aid or defend. Positioning a knight piece on c3 and f3 allows it to defend the pawns and control the important central squares. Said position is foolproof for the knight but not for the bishop.

(8) Do not advance most of the pawns in the opening. Although advancing a couple of pawns should be necessary to establish a formidable position; maneuvering more than that could weaken overall defense.

(9) Attempt for moves disguised to defend, but which is in fact poised as a threatening counter move. Any time you can convince your opponent you are on the defensive when you are not, will give you the advantage when you catch them off guard.

(10) Try to make the positions formidable. Never stage premature attacks as these might end up futile. Counter attacks could even spoil your chances of winning the game.

Chess is an intellectual game and every move has over hundreds of variations to thwart it. But for the beginner chess player, the above strategies will serve as a solid foundation towards becoming more seasoned to the chess game.

So what is this war gaming thing about?

So you want to know more about war gaming?

First I think it’s only fair to tell you that even though I love pretty much all kinds of games, war gaming is by far my favorite kind of gaming.  I tell you that so you know, I am more than biased about war gaming.

For the most parts you have 2 varieties, board war games, and miniature war games.

Board war games are usually played on a hex board, sometimes they are played on a map separated into territories. It will usually involve pieces called counters or markers; like the first picture, A world at War board game. Sometimes it might have a small figure to represent something like infantry, or tanks or cavalry, things like that, like you see in the second picture of the Battle Cry board game.  Board games can be fairly inexpensive but can get to be up to $100+, especially the fancier ones with little plastic figures/counters.

A World at War by GMT

Battle Cry board game

Miniatures war gaming as you can guess is played with miniature figures, on a table covered with a cloth or something to represent the battlefield and is covered with terrain pieces (hills, trees, buildings etc…) depending on what period you are gaming and the environment.  Miniature gaming can get fairly expensive if you are going to build large armies, but you should be able to start small and add on as you go.

Early War Russian Front WWII Miniature War Game

So what is better?  Miniatures or board games?  Well the answer is, both. :)  sorry, but it really is.  I have and play both, and sometimes you just want to sit at the kitchen table and battle it out.  Other times you want to see large armies of miniatures sweeping across the table in your favorite period.

American Civil War Miniatures Game: Bufford at Gettysburg

I’m hoping with this website to review and go over many of the games I play (board and miniature).  I don’t want to just offer the fluff either.  Ill be honest on which games I love, and which games I don’t like, and tell you why as well.

Do you love games? I do, so come on in and check it out.

Welcome everyone!!

My name is Steve Maul, and I’m just getting started on my new website on games and gaming.

I love to play games, you name the game, Id more than likely be willing to give it a try.

I love board games, video games, war games, card games, outdoor games, family games, you name it, Id likely give it a shot.

I want to use this site to review games I really enjoy, and even touch on some games that might have disappointed just a bit.

The site is just getting started, so check back often.

Id love to hear what you have to say, so please, feel free to get a hold of me if you have any thoughts on games, or the site, and would like to contribute in some way.  On Most posts, there will be an option for you to leave a comment, so please do.

A World at War North Africa scenario

A World at War North Africa scenario