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Lesson Posted on 29/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

How to open in Chess?

Shashank Kulkarni

I have been playing chess from past 10 years and have played various tournaments (state, national and...

First of all, whatever opening you are planning to play, first and foremost thing in Chess is to control the central 4 squares. Both white and black fight for those central squares. Then, try to develop the pieces esp. knights and bishops rather than attacking early followed by castling the king to safety.... read more

First of all, whatever opening you are planning to play, first and foremost thing in Chess is to control the central 4 squares. Both white and black fight for those central squares. Then, try to develop the pieces esp. knights and bishops rather than attacking early followed by castling the king to safety. Opening always act as a foundation for middle game and end game. If you do any blunders in opening, there are more chances of losing the game easily , unlike blundering in middle game and end game. There are lot of openings like Kings pawn, Queens pawn, English etc. Openings play a vital role in the result of win and loss of a player. So, it goes rightly, like this " Open,execute,succeed "

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Lesson Posted on 16/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

Beginner Lesson

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

Beginners who are playing their first few games often look down at the board and wonder, what the heck am I supposed to do with all these pieces? If you ever find yourself in this position, then this article is for you. 1. The Relative Power of the Pieces: Each piece has a different level of power on... read more

Beginners who are playing their first few games often look down at the board and wonder, what the heck am I supposed to do with all these pieces? If you ever find yourself in this position, then this article is for you.

1. The Relative Power of the Pieces:

Each piece has a different level of power on the chess board. Certain pieces are generally better than others. The pieces given values to show their worth:

  • Pawn = 1 Point.

  • Knight = 3 Points.

  • Bishop = 3 Points.

  • Rook = 5 Points.

  • Queen = 9 Points.

Note: the King is not given a value, because he can't be captured, only checkmated.

The piece values can be a guide in determining which side has the advantage. If one player has more points than the other player, he has an advantage in material (with all else being equal, he is probably winning).

The values can also be used to evaluate trades. For example:

  • The Rook is better than the Bishop or Knight.

  • 2 Bishops or Knights are worth more than 1 Rook.

  • A Bishop or Knight is worth 3 Pawns.

2. What Moves to Make at the Start of the Game:

During the initial moves (known as the opening), you have three goals:

  • Develop pieces.

  • Control the centre.

  • Protect the King.

Let's take a look at each of these concepts by examining some opening moves. To keep things simple and focus on the concepts, we'll ignore black's pieces for now. In a real game, you would have to carefully consider what your opponent does before each move.

3. A great opening move:

As white, one of the best opening moves is to advance the Pawn in front of your King forward 2 squares (e4 in chess notation). This move is excellent because:

  1. It opens lines to allow the Kingside Bishop and Queen to move off their starting squares (this is development).

  2. It helps control the centre by occupying it with a pawn.

4. The Kingside Knight usually comes out early:

A great second move is to bring out your Kingside Knight (Nf3 in chess notation). This is a developing move, because the Knight comes off its original square into the action. The Knight also helps to control the centre, because it attacks two key centre squares.

5. The Kingside Bishop often comes out next:

A great third move is to bring out your Kingside Bishop (Bc4 in chess notation). This is a developing move, because the Bishop comes off its original square. The Bishop also helps to control the centre from its new position.

6. Castling early is usually a good idea:

A great fourth move is to castle (O-O in chess notation). This move fulfills the goal of protecting the King in the opening. It also has the benefit of developing the Rook, by bringing it out of the corner.

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Lesson Posted on 14/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

Bad Pawn Moves

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

Never move silly pawns anywhere in the beginning of the game, especially not on the outer files like Black has done below. You just lose time and run behind in piece development. This means that your opponent can and will attack you with his pieces, once he has castled. Pieces are: knights, bishops,... read more

Never move silly pawns anywhere in the beginning of the game, especially not on the outer files like Black has done below. You just lose time and run behind in piece development.

This means that your opponent can and will attack you with his pieces, once he has castled. Pieces are: knights, bishops, rooks and the queen, not pawns! He can attack you as he has more pieces developed than you have. He will simply overrun you in the center because he has more knights, bishops, rooks and the queen actively placed and you got no pieces placed actively to defend yourself. Why? Because you have wasted your time to push some silly pawns here and there and may have not even castled.

It is very important that you understand this principle!

Read this text above a hundred times to get this into your head or you will never ever become a good player. So don't touch useless pawns in the beginning of the game.

You should first move one or two center pawns, then develop your knights and bishops towards the center. Best is to get the kingside knight and bishop out, then castle quickly. See the white position. White is going to get out his kingside bishop next and castle afterwards.

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Lesson Posted on 14/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

How To Play The Best Move?

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

When you are considering a move, ask yourself these questions: 1. Will the piece I'm moving go to a better square than the one it's on now? 2. Can I improve my position even more by increasing the effectiveness of a different piece? 3. Does this move help to defend against my opponent's threats? 4. Will... read more

When you are considering a move, ask yourself these questions:

1. Will the piece I'm moving go to a better square than the one it's on now?

2. Can I improve my position even more by increasing the effectiveness of a different piece?

3. Does this move help to defend against my opponent's threats?

4. Will the piece I move be safe on its new square?

a. If it's a pawn, consider: Can I keep it protected from attack?

b. If it's another piece, consider: Can the enemy drive itaway, thus making me lose valuable time?

Even if your intended move has good points, it may not be the best move at that moment. Emanuel Lasker, a former world champion, said: "When you see a good move, wait look for a better one!" Following this advice is bound to improve your chess.

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Lesson Posted on 14/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

Have A Plan

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

If you threaten something here in one move, something over there in the next move, and so forth, your opponent will have an easy time defending. Your pieces have to work together to be effective. Just imagine each instrument in an orchestra playing a different tune! When you develop a plan, your men... read more

If you threaten something here in one move, something over there in the next move, and so forth, your opponent will have an easy time defending. Your pieces have to work together to be effective. Just imagine each instrument in an orchestra playing a different tune!

When you develop a plan, your men can work in harmony. For example, you might plan to attack your opponent's king; one piece alone probably wouldn't be able to do much, but the combined strength of several pieces makes a powerful attacking force. Another plan could be taking control of all the squares in a particular area of the board.

The chess men are your "team"; to be a good "coach," you have to use all of their strengths together.

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Lesson Posted on 14/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

Know What The Pieces Are Worth

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

When you are considering giving up some of your pieces for some of your opponent's, you should think about the values of the men, and not just how many each player possesses. The player whose men add up to a greater value will usually have the advantage. So a crucial step in making decisions is to add... read more

When you are considering giving up some of your pieces for some of your opponent's, you should think about the values of the men, and not just how many each player possesses. The player whose men add up to a greater value will usually have the advantage. So a crucial step in making decisions is to add up the material, or value, of each player's men.

The pawn is the least valuable piece, so it is a convenient unit of measure. It moves slowly, and can never go backward.

Knights and bishops are approximately equal, worth about three pawns each. The knight is the only piece that can jump over other men. The bishops are speedier, but each one can reach only half the squares.

A rook moves quickly and can reach every square; its value is five pawns. A combination of two minor pieces (knights and bishops) can often subdue a rook.

A queen is worth nine pawns, almost as much as two rooks. It can move to the greatest number of squares in most positions.

The king can be a valuable fighter, too, but we do not evaluate its strength because it cannot be traded.

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Lesson Posted on 14/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

Develop Quickly

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

Time is a very important element of chess. The player whose men are ready for action sooner will be able to control the course of the game. If you want to be that player, you have to develop your men efficiently to powerful posts. Many inexperienced players like to move a lot of pawns at the beginning... read more

Time is a very important element of chess. The player whose men are ready for action sooner will be able to control the course of the game. If you want to be that player, you have to develop your men efficiently to powerful posts.

Many inexperienced players like to move a lot of pawns at the beginning of the game to control space on the chessboard. But you can't win with pawns alone! Since knights, bishops, rooks, and queens can move farther than pawns and threaten more distant targets, it's a good idea to bring them out soon, after you've moved enough pawns to guarantee that your stronger pieces won't be chased back by your opponent's pawns. After all the other pieces are developed, it's easier to see what pawns you should move to fit in with your plans.

It's tempting to bring the queen out very early, because it's the most powerful piece. But your opponent can chase your queen back by threatening it with less valuable pieces. Look at Example A: after 1. . . . Nf6, black threatens to drive the white queen away with either 2. . . . Nd4 or 2. . . . d6 and 3. . . . Bg4.

Instead of just moving pieces out, try to determine the best square for each piece and bring it there in as few moves as possible. This may save you from wasting moves later in the game.

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Lesson Posted on 14/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

Importance Of The Centre

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

In many cases, the person who controls the four squares at the center of the board will have the better game. There are simple reasons for this. First, a piece in the center controls more of the board than one that is somewhere else. As an example, place one knight on a center square and another in one... read more

In many cases, the person who controls the four squares at the center of the board will have the better game. There are simple reasons for this.

First, a piece in the center controls more of the board than one that is somewhere else. As an example, place one knight on a center square and another in one of the corners of the board. The knight in the center can move to eight different squares, while the "cornered" one only has two possible moves!

Second, control of the center provides an avenue for your pieces to travel from one side of the board to the other. To move a piece across the board, you will often have to take it through the center. If your pieces can get to the other side faster than your opponent's pieces, you will often be able to mount a successful attack there before he can bring over enough pieces to defend.

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Lesson Posted on 14/09/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching

Be alert, Always!

Shibin K Benny

Regular tournament player for last 7 years. International FIDE rating-1552. Achievement- Became Champion...

There is a tendency for people to relax once they have reached a good position or to give up hope if their position is very bad. These attitudes are natural, but both lead to bad results. Many players, even world championshave achieved winning positions, only to lose because they relaxed too soon. Even... read more

There is a tendency for people to relax once they have reached a good position or to give up hope if their position is very bad. These attitudes are natural, but both lead to bad results.

Many players, even world championshave achieved winning positions, only to lose because they relaxed too soon. Even the best position won't win by itself; you have to give it some help! In almost any position, the "losing" player will still be able to make threats. The "winning" player has to be alert enough to prevent these positions.

Advice: If you have a better position, watch out! One careless move could throw away your hard-won advantage. Even as you're carrying out your winning plans, you must watch out for your opponent's threats.

Conversely, if you have a worse position, don't give up! Keep making strong moves, and try to complicate the position as much as possible. If your opponent slips, you may get the chance to make a comeback. Remember: Where there's life, there's hope.

So be alert all the time, no matter what the position is like. A little bit of extra care can pay off in a big way.

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Answered on 09/05/2017 Sports Coaching/Chess Coaching Tuition Fee

Abhijit Chutia

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Fee for 1-1 chess home tutor depends the following factors: 1) Type of coach that is an Unrated Coach, a FIDE rated Coach or a Titled Player like FM, IM, GM, WGM, etc. 2) Number of hours per class.Generally it is from 1 to 1 and half hour duration. 3) The distance that a coach needs to travel.
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