Now you know how to set up a board and how the pieces move. You are ready to start playing. However, before you make that first move it is good to consider these basic strategies:
The most valuable squares on the chess board are the four squares in the center. As you start to develop your pieces in the opening of the game you should try to control those four squares in the middle. If you control the center of the board you will often have more options available to you as you move into the middle game.
When you develop your pieces you are moving them off of their starting square and trying to get them involved in the action. Some general strategies to consider when developing your pieces include:
In most games, you will have several opportunities to exchange of of your pieces for a piece of your opponent. To help you deceide if you want to exchange your queen for his pawn you can use the piece values below:
Now you know that winning his pawn but losing your queen was not a good deal. Even if you win all of his pawns, you still come out behind. Of course, there may be times that you intentionally sacrifice a piece to get a better positon, but for most new players you want to avoid that.