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How to Win in Chess Every Time and Take the Crown

How to Win in Chess Every Time and Take the Crown

Chess is a game of strategy, skill, and sometimes, a little bit of luck. While it’s unrealistic to expect to win every single game, understanding core principles can dramatically improve your win rate.

This guide aims to provide you with tried and tested methods to level up your chess game.

Think More Than One Move Ahead

In chess, planning is crucial. Beginners often make the mistake of thinking only about the immediate move without considering the larger game plan.

Advanced players consider not just their next move, but multiple moves into the future. They also anticipate their opponent’s possible moves and plan counter-strategies.

To practice this skill, try to predict your opponent’s responses to your moves and have a plan to counteract them. Over time, this foresight will enable you to set traps and force your opponent into difficult positions.

Attack on the Kingside

The kingside is often the most vulnerable area on the board. Targeting this side can force your opponent to divert resources to defend their king, thereby weakening their overall position.

Utilize your knights, bishops, and queen to apply pressure on the kingside, especially if you’ve been successful in pinning down your opponent’s pieces or causing them to move their king.

However, it’s essential to maintain a balance; overly aggressive play can leave your own king exposed.

Don’t Play Too Fast

Chess is a game that rewards careful consideration. Rushing your moves can lead to tactical blunders that may cost you the game. Even if you’re confident about your next move, take a moment to re-evaluate the board.

Look for potential traps or overlooked opportunities. Many online platforms have a “blunder check” feature —use it to your advantage.

Control the Center

The center of the board is crucial in chess as it allows for greater maneuverability and can be a launching pad for various attacks. Pawns, knights, and bishops are particularly effective in controlling the center early in the game.

Once you’ve established a strong center, it will be easier to move into your opponent’s territory.

Utilize All Your Pieces

A common mistake among beginners is focusing too much on a handful of pieces, usually the queen and bishops. However, each piece in chess has its unique value and can be pivotal in different stages of the game.

Make sure to develop your knights and rooks in addition to the more powerful pieces to ensure maximum board coverage and flexibility.

Know When to Trade

Trading pieces —capturing an opponent’s piece and allowing one of yours to be captured in return— is a nuanced part of the game.

You should generally aim for trades that either result in a material advantage or improve your position on the board.

Avoid “bad trades” that lessen your control or expose crucial pieces to capture.

Don’t Neglect Your Defense

While attacking is essential for winning a game, neglecting your defense can lead to quick defeat.

Ensure your king is safely tucked away, usually through castling, and keep an eye out for potential threats and pins from your opponent.


While it’s impossible to win every game of chess, following these strategies will significantly improve your odds.

Like any other skill, mastery comes with consistent practice and learning from your mistakes.

So, keep playing, studying, and refining your strategies, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a formidable chess player.



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