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Tips for Chess Beginners

Bill Wall has put together a series of chess improvement articles, a great source of advice for chess beginners and for learning which chess moves to make. Now Bill has enlarged and expanded each chess principle with savvy "how-to" tips and tricks for all your chess moves, so you can succeed in chess and quickly improve your chess game. If you're a chess beginner then these free chess articles will get you playing better chess! Bill will be adding new in depth commentary to chess course for beginners on a regular basis, so come back often. You will need to be familiar with chess notation to get the most benefit. Click here to learn algebraic chess notation.

Develop Chess Pieces Quickly
When starting a game of chess the most important idea is to bring out each of your chess pieces efficiently and orderly, making perhaps only a couple of pawn moves in the process. Here this basic chess principle is explained with examples from actual chess games, illustrating what happens if this chess opening fundamental is ignored.

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Control the Chess Board Center
Chess openings are all designed around rapid development of the chess pieces, but the opening phase of a chess game also aims to control the center squares of the chess board. Chess opening strategy allows for several methods of central control, so there's no excuse for ignoring this important chess principle. Ignore the center at your own peril!

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Knights on the Rim are Dim
The Knight is a chess piece that demonstrates perfectly the power of centralization in the game of chess. Place a Knight in the center of a chess board and its strength is multiplied four times compared to a Knight sitting in the corner. Here you'll find great examples showing why the Knight should be posted in the center of your chess board - in the opening, middlegame and chess ending.

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Give Chess Pieces Mobility
Here the concepts of space and mobility in chess are introduced. Simply put, space refers to the amount of territory you can claim on the chess board, and mobility defines how much freedom your chess pieces enjoy. Space and mobility in a chess game are advantages that let you deploy and attack more quickly, a basic chess strategy used by all chess players.

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Calculate Forced Chess Moves
In almost every game of chess there will be moves that are "forced" - chess moves that allow for only one possible response. Such forced moves often result from checks against the King, checks which must be somehow evaded. When we calculate a sequence of chess moves it's always a good idea to look first at these forced moves. Find out why!

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Chess for Beginners
ChessCentral welcomes anyone new to the game of chess, whether young or old or anywhere in between. And if you're looking to improve your chess game we offer a whole range of products for the chess beginner, all designed to help you play better chess. You can find chess books in print for children and adults, and chess software programs aimed directly at chess beginners - even chess DVDs and chess downloads are available for beginning chess players. Click here for more information about our chess beginners catalog.