How to DESTROY at Chess!

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Marlon M., Staff Writer

     Chess is considered one of the most complicated games in the world, and it has been played for thousands of years, by millions of people. However, getting good at chess is difficult, as only 5,000 people out of the 100 million people who play reach the international master or grandmaster title (the highest ranks for a chess player). Nevertheless, there are ways to become good at chess.

     The first step is to learn some opening principles. The opening is the moves at the beginning of the game, and they set you up for the rest of the game. At a beginner level, chess can be won, or lost in the first few moves. Learn some basic openings, and don’t just memorize the moves, but understand the ideas behind them, as your opponent might play sequences that were not gone over when you studied it. After you’ve successfully played your opening, it is now time to move onto the middle game.

     At the grandmaster level, the middle game is the most decisive stage of a match. Here, you must employ your best strategy (attacking the King), your best tactics (making the best moves to secure yourself a material advantage or a better position), and trying not to blunder. You can practice this by doing chess puzzles, which you can find online on various websites.

     Lastly, know some basic checkmates and endgame patterns. For example, the most common checkmate is one with a queen and a “helper” piece, which will protect the queen from being captured while the queen delivers a checkmate( which ends the game). Furthermore, many times at the end of the game, there will be positions where you might have a king and a pawn while your opponent has his king and nothing else. You have to learn how to win these positions. 

     If you have done all of these steps, you are well on your way to becoming better at chess. Just remember, you can’t just read about these steps, you have to practice them and use them in your games. Furthermore, there is no way to give a definitive answer on how to become better at chess. I have left much out of this article, such as thinking techniques, spotting weaknesses, forcing moves, and the like. However, what I have said will give you the foundation for continuous improvement. Good luck with your next chess game!