Chess Tips for Beginners

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How to start your game correctly

I have selected the following line of play (Spanish Opening or Ruy Lopez – Berlin Defence Variation) because it is clear cut and straightforward. It shows that you can develop your pieces consequently, and you may sacrifice a pawn without fear, because you will get the pawn back later as your pieces are better developed, or you will get some sort of compensation for the lost pawn if you play correctly. Either way, there is nothing to worry about.

So get your pieces out fast and castle and don’t chase pawns in the opening stage of the game.

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This is all book theory and in the end of this variation the position is even
for practical purposes. In fact the Berlin Defence above is very reliable and solid for Black and has been played in world championships. Especially former world chess champion Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik has used it often with success.

White develops wrongly

White puts his knight to an inferior square right from the start and chooses a slow way to get out his pieces. He plays too many pawn moves while Black develops piece after piece. Soon White is running behind in development and gets runover by Black who applies a combination that leads to checkmate.

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