Chess tips to help you play like a pro

Chess is a game of strategy – and one that you can improve at over time with patience and practice.

Today we’re sharing some chess tips and tricks to help you play like a pro. Once you’re done, head over to our games hub, where you can play chess for free.


  • Avoid moving the same piece more than once in the opening, unless you have a good reason for it
  • Fight for the centre of the board; central squares provide block posts for your pieces, so central pawns are considered more valuable than flank ones
  • Playing tactically, it sometimes makes sense to give up a pawn to get an initiative
  • Think twice before moving a pawn, since pawns cannot be moved backwards
  • Attack in the middle of the game
  • Avoid trading pieces if you have the spatial advantage. On the flip side, if you don’t have the spatial advantage, you can trade pieces to close the gap between you and your opponent
  • The knight is strongest in the centre
  • The bishop is strongest on the flank, and are usually more valuable than knights
  • Knights are more valuable when there are many pawns on the board
  • two rooks are usually better than a queen
  • Patience is the most valuable trait in the end game; try to anticipate any traps your opponent may have set
  • Don’t play your queen too early. It’s better to first develop knights, bishops and castles to keep the king safe
  • Don’t attack before you have developed all your pieces
  • Look for forced moves first, that will force your opponent to respond
  • Look at the whole board – beginners, especially, tend to focus closely on where the action is, leaving them open to attack elsewhere

Do you know any great chess tips? Share your wisdom in the comments below! 

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