10 Chess Tips Every Beginner Should Know

We have a lot of new players watching our streams and videos, and we receive hundreds of questions and coaching requests every day! In this video Andrea shows 10 basic chess strategies, that every beginner player should know. Mastering these principles will give you a solid base, that you can gradually improve upon as you get more chess experience. Drop a like and tell us in the comments, if you found these tips useful and if you’d like to see more of these videos in the future!
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00:00 RULE #1: DEVELOP PIECES AND ATTACK TOWARDS THE CENTER
00:39 RULE #2: CASTLE BEFORE ATTACKING
01:20 RULE #3: DO NOT PUSH KINGSIDE PAWNS
02:12 RULE #4: DO NOT TAKE THE QUEEN OUT EARLY
02:55 RULE #5: TRADE SIDE PAWNS FOR CENTER PAWNS
03:25 RULE #6: AVOID DOUBLING YOUR PAWNS
04:14 RULE #7: USE OPEN FILES AND CONNECT ROOKS
05:29 RULE #8: IMPROVE YOUR PIECES
06:34 RULE #9: BISHOPS ARE BETTER IN OPEN POSITIONS, KNIGHTS ARE BETTER IN CLOSED ONES
08:31 RULE#10: ACTIVATE YOUR KING IN THE ENDGAME

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135 Comments

  1. I appreciate the tips. Just starting to get back in to chess. Thx!

  2. Andrea: Castle before attacking.
    Alphazero: How about no.

  3. Double pawns most of the time strong so don't avoid them just learn when is ok when not!

  4. I’m new to this game ♟ …..in this fashion

  5. Thank you , you are helping me become a better chess Coach for my inner city youth kids in Chicago. Love sister girl❤️‍🔥🥂

  6. Noob here. That's me.

    Just learning chess. Still studying stuff and am not quite ready to go online atm. But is opening the mid the only option? Castle sounds like a great option to have actually tbh. But wouldn't predictability be a thing? Like I said. Am studying. Everything is in a form of a question. 😋 What about corner fortresses? Or split lanes? Or mid fortresses? Things will be getting captured. Whether willingly or not. Like I said. Am a noob. 😋

  7. thank you for this! only been playing for a couple of weeks & this was really helpful 😊

  8. Nice and simple. Super helpful. Thank you!

  9. I want to learn about that opening more. Has it got a name?

  10. I'm using these as my ten commandments! 😂
    Thank you very much!

  11. The 10 rules of the obvious. Even a 800 Elo player knows all this.

  12. She probably has played Tate, and the other way around..

  13. Whoa I just looked this up but she should be a voice actor

  14. I have checked a few videos for beginners. This one efficiently covered the most ground by far. Thank you.

  15. Oh my. This really did help me. now I can win all the time💯💯. well, I'm off to go kill myself now

  16. You sound like you know you're gonna win and that erks me, guess I just gotta get good enough to beat you🤷🏻‍♂️

  17. God bless you Botez sisters exponentially in all aspects of life; Merry Christmas 😍😘

  18. God doesn’t want anybody in hell because He loves us, but you must understand why we deserve hell and why those who refuse to live under His authority will go there. He gave us the law (Ten Commandments) not to make us righteous, but rather to show us our sin (Romans 3:20). We’re not sinners because we sin, but rather we sin because we’re sinners. Sin is the nature of our flesh that we are born with due to the sin of Adam in the garden. For someone to be justified before God they have to be sinless. We’ve all sinned (Romans 3:23), and the the law demands death for those who sin (Romans 6:23). God is righteous, so He must punish our sin, which is what He did through His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus is Holy and sinless, yet He received our sin when He died on the cross, so that we can be righteous before God (2 Corinthians 5:21). When He died on the cross, He said “It is finished” (John 19:30), which means He paid the full price for all of your sins (past, present, and future) to be forgiven. He was buried and rose again from the dead. God will forgive anybody who puts their full trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. We aren’t saved based on our good deeds, but only by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). His precious blood that He shed is the only reason why we can be forgiven of our sins (Hebrews 9:22). If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead, then you’ll be saved (Romans 10:9). You are born-again with the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and are not only legally justified before God, but also are accredited His righteous (Romans 4:24). Believers live for Christ now, so get to know Him through His Word. I recommend reading the book of Romans and the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and watching Pastor Joseph Prince’s online sermons!

  19. Open up by moving 1 pawn (the ones in front of the king and queen) towards the center of the board.
    Start developing pieces first bishops and knights and then the queen and the rooks all towards the center in order to make room for castle! Castle is perfect when both bishops and knights are developed.
    Don t move pawns that are in front of where you want to castle only 1 square at max (Dont move the pawn that is in front of where king arrives especially this one shouldn't be moved)
    Its better to trade pawns from the side towards the center especially towards the 2 vertical lines in front of king and queen.
    Dont double pawn but if it s needed should be done also towards the center
    Castle before starting to attack
    When you don t know what to do look at pieces that could be improved even further and start improving their position
    Do not take out the queen early there s no need for that! The trade might be good after all the other pieces are developed!
    Use double rook rook and queen in vertical lines to create ways to attack! It s better if it s done from the middle of chessboard. Also try putting them on open or semi open files (a file is a vertical line on the chessboard being open means it s no pawn being semi-open means it s a pawn there)
    In the endgame(when queens are out especially) start moving your king!
    Bishops are better to keep when it s open board and knights when it s crowded!

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