10 Golden Rules for a Chess Player
There are thousands of different rules related to chess. However, it’s hard to keep them all in mind and to follow them in practice.
That said, I’ve selected 10 Most Important Rules that will support your effective training and successful play. You can download them here:
Now I will explain “10 Golden Rules”, so that you can understand them thoroughly.
Best 3-rules for PLAYING:
If you can make an attacking move – do it. In most cases it’s the best decision. In order to find attacking moves, you should look at your opponent’s half of the board and ask yourself, “How can I move onto my opponent’s territory and attack something there”?
For instance, in this complex position White virtually has only one attacking move on Black’s territory: f4-f5. This move should be played. This way of thinking is simple and effective.
- Before playing a move, make an anti-blunder check.
On the level of beginner/intermediate players, and in blitz games,a blunder is the most common cause of a loss. If you can avoid oversights, this can improve your performance dramatically. Here’s how to do that.
When you have already decided which move you are going to play, before making this move on the board, ask yourself:“Which attacking moves can my opponent play on my territory”?
Let’s say you are playing Black and have decided to play 10…a6 now (to prevent White’s Ndb5 threat).
BEFORE playing this move on the board, you should make “an anti-blunder check”. Ask yourself:“which attacking moves can White play on my territory”? Then you will find White’s powerful reply 11.e5 which attacks Black’s f6-knight and, in addition to that, makes a discovered attack on Black’s b7-bishop.
According to my database, a lot of players fall into this trap. It is so easy to prevent it, if only they would spend a few seconds on “an anti-blunder check”.
- Know Your Plan
A plan gives you the right FOCUS. There’s no need for you to think about all moves; you only look for those that support a realization of your plan. That’s how you can find proper moves quickly.
There is good news here for you. Good plans you already know
Basically there’s only one opening plan. Endgame is “much harder”. There are two plans there. Middlegame stage is vaguer, but nevertheless lots of typical plans are already known. I can’t provide them all here, but I’ve already done so in the courses “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” (LINK) and “Your Winning Plan” (LINK).
Best 3 rules for TRAINING:
- Improve your system of thinking.
Most players study various chess tutorials. This accumulates a vast amount of different information. It’s hard to apply it in a practical game. In reality, it leads to the situation when sometimes you play well, and sometimes not. That’s the wrong way. You can’t achieve any successes with unstable results.
You need to develop your algorithm of thinking. The one you can apply ALL THE TIME. Then you’ll get stable, good results.
What is the right system of thinking? Again, it’s a relatively huge question. All my courses are about that exactly. “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding” (LINK) contains very detailed explanations.
- Use active learning.
I’I’ve explained it in one of the recent lessons, “How to Success in Chess”: LINK
- “Attack” + “Openings” can give you a one-time leap forward.
Here I’m sharing with you one of my coaching “secrets”. The good thing about these two topics is that ANYONE can learn and implement it FOR SURE.
Let’s say you want to improve your strategic understanding.But it can be a bit of a vague task and the final goal / result is not that clear. On the contrary, “Attack”+ “Openings” will work out for sure. It’s been tested by lots of my students already.
It’s not that hard to keep focus on attacking moves. The “1st Golden Rule” presented above explains one of the main rules here.
Learning good openings takes some time but it’s a pretty straightforward task. It can be accomplished for sure. If you want to simplify your task, you may study the courses “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory” (LINK) and “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory – 2″ (LINK). They’re all that you need.
Once you implement “Attack” + “Good openings” in your games, it can bring around a +300 rating rise. That’s big!
The only negative thing here is that this trick works only one time.
Best 3 rules for your CHAMPION PSYCHOLOGY:
- Always play for a win. Fight until the end.
It doesn’t matter if your opponent is lower or higher rated. It doesn’t matter if you play well or badly in a tournament. ALWAYS play for a WIN!
It doesn’t matter if the current position is equal – DO NOT agree on a draw, play on! If it’s really equal, you’ll get a draw later on anyway. However, there’s a chance that your opponent will crack under pressure and make a mistake. Carlsen became a World Champion by winning equal positions You should strive for the same.
- Ignore your nervousness. Instead, focus on your goals and dreams.
All players feel nervous. That’s normal. The difference is how people handle it. Some use it to boost their performance, while others start making silly mistakes.
How can you neutralize your nervousness? There’s no way to. However, you can drive your emotions in another way.
Imagine a boxer who is going to have a fight.
Is he nervous about that? Of course he is! He’s going to fight with a strong man. Potentially he can get serious damage to his health.
How is the boxer handling this pressure? Is he saying to himself,“I don’t feel nervous, I don’t feel afraid”? Of course not! It would only raise his nervousness.
Instead, he says to himself,“I want to be a Champion!”, “I am the greatest!”, etc. That’s how he FOCUSES on what he wants. Then his emotions even start helping him.
You can adopt the same approach for your chess battles.
- While playing, your only goal is to do your best and play the correct moves.
Players worry about losing a game. However, you can’t guarantee a certain result in a game. Only God can do that
Your job is to play correct moves. That’s it.
Single-best rule to SPEED UP your PROGRESS:
Don’t reinvent the wheel. Use successful techniques of strong players.
Thomas Edison made 6,000 attempts before he discovered a modern electric light bulb. Now we can use his discovery. If you need a light bulb, you can go to the shop and buy it.
Alternatively, you may try to create it by yourself. Then you’ll have to suffer your own 6,000 tries and failures. It’s not the most rational method, right?
Getting back to chess: based on my own experience, and the experience of thousands of the students of our Remote Chess Academy, we’ve already discovered what works well in chess and what doesn’t. That took me years, but now you can get it instantly.
If that’s what you want, I’ll be glad to help. You can get the courses here: LINK
P.S. You can download “10 Golden Rules” here: LINK