Some Helpful Tips for Young #Chess Players

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It’s always a fun occasion to play with a handicap against my students. The game below was played at time odds(5 mintues – 1 minute) and I also spotted my opponent a rook. I present the game below with some practical advice for young attacking chess players.

[Event “blitz at rook and time odds”]
[Site “Fremont, California (USA)”]
[Date “2018.1.30”]
[Round “”]
[White “Torres, Chris”]
[Black “Student”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Eco “”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/1NBQKBNR w Kkq – 0 1”]

1.e4

PracticalAdvice1
Open with a center pawn.

1… c5

2.Nf3

PracticalAdvice2
Knights before bishops.

2… Nc6

3.d4

PracticalAdvice3
Play open games by avoiding locked pawn centers.

3… cxd4

4.c3

PracticalAdvice4
Play chess rather than openings.

4… dxc3

5.Nxc3

PracticalAdvice5
Strive to control the center and lead in development.

5… d6

6.Bc4

PracticalAdvice6
Develop with threats against under-protected pieces/pawns and critical squares.

6… g6

7.e5

PracticalAdvice7
Remember that tactics usually favor the player with the better pieces.

7… dxe5

8.Qxd8+

PracticalAdvice8
Always analyze the checks, captures and threats.

8… Nxd8

9.Nb5

PracticalAdvice9
Seek threats that maintain the initiative.

9.. Kd7 {?}

10.Nxe5+ {!}

PracticalAdvice10
Punish mistakes severely.

10… Ke8

11.Nc7#

PracticalAdvice11
Most Important! Always shake hands and offer to help your opponent realize why he/she lost.

 

Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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