Chess Strategy

Control the Center

Control the Center

Try to gain some initiative in the middle of the board. Either by defending, attacking or controlling these four squares, you will be able to have greater influence over the board and the game.

Develop Your Pieces

Develop Your Pieces

Developing your chess pieces, or moving them into a good position, helps you prepare an attack, defend against threats and prepares early Castling. Here, white has developed it's pieces and is in a better position than black.

Castle Early

Castling with the King

Castling accomplishes two things. First, it moves your king to safety (behind pawns, in a corner). Second, it connects your rooks together. Castling should be done sooner than later.

Protect Your Pieces

Protect Your Pieces

Protect your pieces from attacks. Losing pieces is a great way to lose a lot of chess games. Here the white knight on f6 is lost to a pawn no matter what square it moves to.