Basic Principles of Chess

This page was designed to help players learn some of the basic strategies of chess. These Basic Principles can be, and should be, implemented in the games you play. These principles will help you capture pieces, control the game, and win the match.

Develop your pieces

Early in the game, you want to develop you pieces. A developed pieces is a piece that has been moved out of its starting position to control, attack, or defend. Simply put, developing your piece is making that piece more effective.

Control the Center

Controlling the center is very important, mostly in the early and middle game. Controlling the center means moving your pieces to either attack, occupy, or defend squares in the center. Here is a picture below.