• Control the middle
    • The middle provides the most attack points
  • Get team involved early
    • Move knights, bishops off the back row early so you can use them on attack
      • Develop minor pieces first before activating your queen
      • Place rooks on open files once minor pieces are activated
      • However, be thoughtful about pawn movement as they cannot move backward
  • Protect your most important asset (king)
    • Castle early to protect the king
      • Castle is an unique chess move that allows you to swap positions with your rook, thereby providing incremental protection for the king
    • Provide him an opening to escape off back row (therefore preventing quick checkmate)
  • Be patient and deliberate
    • Deliberately check out all potential attack points before making a move (especially as a beginner)
    • Slow is smooth, smooth is fast

Opening:

  • Develop, develop, develop
    • Improve your position by expanding it
    • Develop pieces toward the center
    • Keep pawns on row 2 as you move out other pieces
  • Opening is complete when you connect your rooks
    • Do this by castling
    • Castle in first 7 – 10 moves
  • Don’t move same piece twice until you’ve moved 10 pieces
    • Likely give up the center
  • Develop pieces with a purpose
    • Think about your opponents threat