Chess Concepts

Wed, 28 May 2008 19:47

Chess Concepts

A look on basic and advanced chess concepts.

There are many things that need to be learned about chess before any player could play it competitively either land-based or online. Chess, being a mind game, requires a generous amount of knowledge and skills. As such learning to play chess must start with learning the concepts of the game.

Chess is a Mental Game

In chess, the physical being of a player is of little importance. What is important is his mind's ability to come up with a winning game plan. As long as a player has a quick mind he is fit to play the game.

Chess is About the Pieces

Knowing the value of the chess pieces is an important chess concept. Before moving them across the board, a player must first be acquainted with the declared strengths and weaknesses of each of the six different types of chess pieces: the pawns, the rooks, the knights, the bishops, the queen, and the king.

Chess has Three Phases

Formulating strategies in chess has something to do with knowing the current game phase a player is in. Currently, chess is know to have three phases: the opening, the middle game, and the end game. The opening game is when the basic goal is conquering the strongest parts of the board. The middle game is when the battle of logic and tactics in mating occurs. Meanwhile, the end game is when the most decisive moves happen.

In all these three phases, a player must know what kind of moves will bring him the victory. Likewise, being aware of the game transitions allows players to make the necessary decisions such as knowing when to expose his high-value pieces, when to attack, which pieces to sacrifice, and so on.

Chess has Two Types of Play

Chess plays are classified into two: one is dependent on the movement of the pieces while the other is dependent on the positioning of the pieces on the board. The first one is called the tactical play, and is composed of the following signature moves: the pin, the X-ray, the fork, discovered check, discovered attack, etc. Meanwhile, the second one is called positional play, where a player is encouraged to focus more on the activity of his pieces, the safety of his king, his pawn structure, and other important factors.

Chess Games Do Not Always Have a Winner

Some chess games, although they reach the end part, are not able to declare a winner and instead call a draw. A draw is when none of the two players are able to win either by choice or by situation. A chess games is pronounced a draw when:
    - Both players decided to call it off.
    - A player has no more legal moves available when his turn came.
    - The mating materials are not sufficient for a checkmate.
    - A move is repeatedly done three times in a row with the same result.
    - Fifty moves passed by without creating a successful result for any of the players.

Chess is a Low-Cost Game

Chess has very little equipment requirement whether it is played live or online. A complete chess set comprised of a board and 32 chess pieces is all that live players would need. On the other hand, a cyber player only needs a computer with a reliable Internet connection to participate in an online chess match.

Chess Games are Everywhere

Especially now that chess is available over the Web, you could easily find a place to learn and play the game whenever you like. These days, one can find many online chess play areas, which also offer tournaments every now and then.