What should an advanced chess player know?

Win almost every time at chess

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    Pay careful attention to your opponent's moves. Which pieces does he develop and which side of the board does he focus on? If you were him, what long-term strategy would you have planned? Once you have internalized the basis of your own game, you should constantly adapt to your opponent. If your opponent is holding back, setting up their pieces on one side of the board for an attack, ask yourself what their ultimate goal is. Is there any way I can postpone or thwart my plans? Does he have an advantage and do you have to retire? Do you have to defend certain characters to prevent a serious loss of material or can you put pressure on him instead?[10]

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    Know when to swap pieces.Trading is obviously the right thing to do if you gain a material advantage in the end, such as if you win a lady for a horse. But it's much more complicated when you swap pieces of equal value. Basically, you want your characters Notswap if:
    • You have a better position, control the center and are better developed. The fewer pieces there are on the board, the less advantage you have and the easier it is to defend.
    • Your opponent is cornered or stuck. Once you've locked him in, your opponent will find it difficult to maneuver his pieces. However, if there are fewer pieces on the board, he may be able to break out of the distress and free himself.
    • You have fewer pieces than your opponent. If you have more pieces than your opponent, but the advantages are otherwise about the same, start by swapping pieces. This opens up new lines of attack.
    • You'd get a double pawn. A double pawn means one pawn right in front of another. This makes both of them significantly less useful and clogs your side of the field. But if you can get your opponent a double pawn through an even exchange, that can be a useful move.[11]
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    Prepare five to six moves in advance.Easier said than done, but you have to think long-term in order to win games of chess with any regularity. With each of your moves, you should keep three common goals in mind. If you stick to these points, it will soon be easy for you to prepare multi-part plans:
    • Develop as many figures (rooks, knights, checkers, bishops) as possible early in the game. Drag them away from their starting spaces to expand your options.
    • Control the center. The center of the game board is where it gets down to business.
    • Protect your king. You can have the best offensive in the world, but leaving your king open is a guarantee of last-minute defeat.[12]
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    Hold an advantage until you can make the most of it instead of acting rashly. Chess is about momentum, and when you have it, you have to hold it. If your opponent can only react to you, constantly only pulls his pieces out of the way and doesn't launch any attacks himself, then the time has come to take everything away from him little by little. But remember, you can win a battle and still lose the war. Do not attack with anything if your opponent is about to counterattack. Instead, tear apart his defenses, take control of the center, and wait until it really hurts with your punch.

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    Learn how to captivate characters.Shackle means you set a trap for a character or hold them hostage. This prevents your opponent from using them effectively without losing them or other pieces. This passive type of warfare is a great way to control the game and defeat your opponent. To tie a character, be careful where it can go. Figures with few options are your best bet. Then instead of attacking her, position your piece so that you can hit her no matter where she goes. This renders the figure useless for the moment.
    • You can also take the figure hostage. In doing so, you give your opponent the opportunity to beat your figure. The only catch is that you can hit back straight away. Your opponent may or may not capture the piece - the only thing that matters is that you are in control.[13]
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    Evaluate each move objectively.You have to look at the entire board and evaluate each of your possible moves. Don't just make a move just because you have to do something - take your time and think about the best move you can each time. What makes a good move depends entirely on the context, but you can ask yourself the following questions before each move to evaluate it:
    • Am I safer with this train than before?
    • Do I expose this piece, the king or some other important piece by this move?
    • Can my opponent attack my piece quickly, which means I have to retreat and "lose" a move?
    • Is this move putting my opponent under pressure? Does he have to react to it?[14]
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    Attack your opponent as a unit. You want to keep control of the center, but also attack as a unit. Your characters are like parts of an orchestra, each one of them is unique, but they work best together. By taking your opponent's pieces off the board, you have a better chance of putting his king in check without him being able to hide behind other pieces - and by doing it with two or three pieces in support, you make sure always keep the material advantage.[15]

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    Always protect your lady with a runner or a tower.Your queen is the most powerful piece on the field for a reason, and it's rarely good to trade her in for your opponent's piece, even his queen. Your lady is your most versatile attacker and should be used accordingly. Protect and support your queen at all times, as your opponent would sacrifice any of his pieces (apart from his own queen) to take her out of the fight.
    • A lady can only reach her full potential if she receives support. Most players instinctively pay special attention to the opposing queen, so use them to force pieces into the attack lines of your rooks, bishops and knights.[16]
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    Don't lock up your bishops with your pawns.Runners strike from a distance and using both at the same time is essential, especially at the beginning of the game. There are many opening strategies you can learn, but the overall goal of all of them should be to clear the way for your more valuable pieces.
    • Moving the corresponding pawn from D4 to D5 or E4 to E5 clears the way for your bishops and also helps you to control the center squares. Try to develop your bishops early and use their long range as an advantage while you develop your rooks and queen.[17]