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10 Tips to Become a Chess Champ

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If you want to be a chess champ, it’ll take lots of learning and lots of practicing. Here are 10 tips to get you started:


Each chess piece can move only a certain way. For instance, a pawn moves straight ahead but can only attack on an angle, one square at a time. A knight’s move is L-shaped. The bishop moves at an angle but can move more than one square at a time. The rook (castle) can move only in a straight line but can go forward, back or to the side. The queen, the most powerful piece, can move in any direction for any number of squares, but not two directions in one move. And the king moves at a stately pace — as a king should — one square at a time in any direction on the chess board.


Move the pawn in front of either the king or queen two squares forward. (Only on its opening move can a pawn move two squares.) This opens pathways for your bishops and queen to enter the game. They move on an angle and can’t get out onto the field of battle if pawns are in the way.


Before you move your queen, rooks or king, move your knights and bishops toward the center of the chess board. You want to get these pieces out from behind the pawns so they can attack.


And front! When it’s your turn, always think to yourself, “What did my opponent’s last move do? What is he up to?” Is he laying traps to capture your pieces? Then decide on your own plan. Always look at all your possibilities. Look at moves that would capture your opponent’s men or threaten his king first. But always double-check your moves before you play them. Ask yourself, “Does my move leave something unprotected?”


Don’t make too many moves with your pawns or try to pick off your opponent’s pawns.


Castling is a move that allows you to move your king to safety and bring your rook into play. Once all the squares between your rook and the king are unoccupied you can move the king two squares toward the rook while the rook moves to the square on the the king’s other side. If your opponent neglects to castle, you might be able to launch an attack on his king. This is the only chess move in which more than one piece may be moved in a turn.


After you’ve brought all your knights and bishops into the game and castled (these moves are your “opening”), the middlegame begins. In the middlegame, always be on the lookout for ways to capture your opponent’s men. Take any chess piece that your opponent doesn’t protect. But look at what will happen to your piece if you take his — will you get picked off? Always be looking for ways to move lots of your men into position to attack the enemy king.


You’ll take some of your opponent’s pieces. Some of your pieces will be taken. You must figure out what is and isn’t a good swap in chess. Use these points to figure out whether you’re making a good move if you’re going to lose one of them:

  • Queen: 9 points
  • Rook: 5 points
  • Bishop: 3 points
  • Knight: 3 points
  • Pawn: 1 point

So is it a good idea to lose a bishop to save a pawn? No!


If you see a good move, sit on your hands and look for a better one. Patient thinking is the key to chess success.


After you and your opponent swap pieces and you’re down to just a few men, the endgame begins. Now the pawns become more important. If you can advance a pawn to the farthest row away from you, that pawn becomes a queen. A big success! Let your king attack, too, as long as he stays out of reach of your opponent’s remaining pieces — especially the queen — and does not let himself to be checked.

Your king is said to be in check when your opponent threatens to use one of his pieces to capture the king on his next move. If your king is checked and you have no way to remove the threat — it can’t run away, you can’t capture the opposing piece that has him in check and you can’t block the check by moving one of your own pieces — the game is lost. Checkmate! If you checkmate your opponent before he checkmates you, then you win!

53 Comments on 10 Tips to Become a Chess Champ

  1. This is not what I wanted😠

  2. excellent tips. I really like them

  3. really nice tips

  4. very good tip

  5. Akhil@Chesslover // January 3, 2015 at 9:45 am // Reply

    These tips are so cool for a rookie like me..thnx x x

  6. these tips are very useful

  7. not bad

  8. Thanks..

  9. good tips

  10. Pretty Great Tips!

  11. I’ll become the next world champ.

  12. Fairly generic tips

  13. I lyk ur points vry much

  14. On my path to be the champ,thanks to this tips!

  15. Thanx for your tips

  16. thanks for the tips


  18. Thanks

  19. FIVE KINGDOMS // October 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm // Reply


  20. Thanks for the tips, but could you add more tips for championship.?

  21. Knights before bishops, generally. Also, first-ever World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz recommends attacking once you have any advantage, or else the advantage will be lost.

  22. Thanx for the tips,i’m already challanging a computer’s tricks

  23. Naj Evangelio // September 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm // Reply

    Nice tips. I’lL try this 🙂

  24. Hopping for championship

  25. -tnx 4 the tips!!

  26. Very nice rules…..

  27. More advices

  28. Very nice tips… Thnx for the tips. I must follow these tips……

  29. its nice

  30. Thanx 4 tips

  31. Not bad
    even though all point were simple which i knew before, i was not aware of it…
    Thank you…

  32. thanks for the tips i’ve learnt alot

  33. it is useful to me…. thank u for ur tricks.

  34. Nice tips…its the basic way to play. But in game a lot tricks are utilize by the players some time he manipulate you. One thing left whenever u castling between rook and king at time there both position not to be moved earlier and your king should not be checked.

  35. I will beat my friends

  36. Excellent tracks for me

  37. Thanks for the tips i really wanna improve my chess skills

  38. Cool Beans // July 25, 2014 at 11:54 am // Reply

    Honestly, just play the game and use logic to win. There’s no need for this list.

  39. excellent tips thanks for it

  40. Thanks for the tips.

  41. elwoodjaylord // July 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm // Reply

    Thanks I beat the computer and I learned the tecnique of a chess champ”

  42. Casteling is a good thing sometimes but dnt castel when you are not sure cause ather people dont know how to castle

  43. Thanks. I BEAT MY DAD WITH 3 QUEENS!

  44. This is a great guide for beginners!

  45. princess1818 // June 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm // Reply

    Sounds helpful!!! Wish me luck tomorrow:)

  46. this trick was help full to me


  48. Anonymous // June 4, 2014 at 4:53 am // Reply

    i know better rules than described here

  49. is it possible to find a checkmate with bishop and two horses?

    • Technically if the king is cornered almost any piece can force a checkmate

      • using the point chart if you have more then five points (usually not counting pawns) there is a possible checkmate, however 2 knights can’t force the checkmate

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