Here is a list of 7 mistakes most commonly seen on the amateur level.
Many chess players just do not realize why they keep losing these games. The answer is simple.
These players keep making the same mistakes over and over again, in every single game they play.
How many games could have been won by avoiding these simple mistakes most people make? Take a look at the list and you will avoid these blunders!
Deadly Chess Mistake #7: Neglecting the Development
Neglecting the development and sudden queen strikes is what tends to be very often classified as an opening mistake. It is hardly ever seen on the Master’s level. But it seems like every player at the initial stage of his chess career does it.
Why is it bad to give a quick queen check in the first few moves of the game? Well, first of all, it usually allows an opponent to interpose with a pawn, knight, or bishop, gaining a golden tempo by making the queen retreat.
Secondly, since the queen is such a strong piece players usually are uncertain about where it should be placed, so they tend to delay any queen moves to a better time (called a middle game).
Of course, there are plenty of exceptions to what I just said. For example, in positions where it is possible to win some material, it is surely best to make a queen move. Always remember that the opening is for developing chess pieces and not for hunting down opponents’ unprotected rook and knight pawns while sacrificing the development whatsoever. Getting too greedy in the opening can cost you a game.
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Deadly Chess Mistake #6: Neglecting Pins
Neglecting pins is another very common characteristic of novice chess players. It is always a good practice to get rid of all pins or to “unpin” your pieces even if you don’t see the immediate danger. How many times do novices lose pinned pieces when just a few moves ago they simply ignored the pin? Millions of Knights, Bishops, and even Rooks were lost that way.
Deadly Chess Mistake #5: Creating Weak Pawns
Creating weak pawns is probably the second most favorite hobby of novice players after the unnecessary queen moves. They either push pawns so deep into the enemy’s territory that there is no way to protect it (overextended pawns) or opposite create weak “backward” pawns and struggle in the endgame. Always think twice before the pawn move, pawns do not go back.
Deadly Chess Mistake #4: Ignore Pawns Completely
An even more deadly chess habit is to ignore pawns completely. I saw many novice players myself who just completely ignore pawns.
For some unknown reason, they think that since a pawn is the least valuable soldier in the chess army it is not important to save it. I saw many endgames when one party had 6 pawns and the other had just 2.
It is not very hard to figure out who won. The lesson is to save the pawns; otherwise, you will lose your endgame right in the middle game.
Deadly Chess Mistake #3: Unnecessary Piece Moves
Unnecessary piece moves are also very common mistake novice chess players make. Remember that all the moves in chess are to be made on purpose and for a reason. If you do not know what your move is for, don’t make it. It’s that simple, just look for another one.
Deadly Chess Mistake #2: Ignoring King Safety
Ignoring king safety can be a very dangerous strategy, just like in #7 many games were lost because an unprotected king was quickly checkmated.
The thing that many chess players very often forget: the checkmate wins the game, not the extra pawn you got right before your king was checkmated while you made 3 moves with a queen to get that pawn. Remember that and you’ll be the one who will checkmate first.
Deadly Chess Mistake #1: Not Being Focused
Believe it or not, not being focused loses a lot more games that all the previous mistakes combined. Novice player just does not have enough chess experience and confidence in order to stay focused for the whole game. At some point, novices drop a pawn. Later on – a piece. Afterward, they lose rather quickly.
The lesson is simple – keep an eye on all your pieces and pawns and you’ll be fine in your game. By simply not losing material you will be able to hold against a much stronger player.