Here are some essential chess tricks and tips that will help you understand the game of chess better:
- In the opening look for a pawn move first, then for a knight move, then for a bishop move, then for a rook move (or castle), and finally for a queen move.
- Do not move the same piece move then once in the opening if you do not have a very good reason for it (such as material gains).
- Do not accept many pawn sacrifices during the opening, especially playing black. Otherwise, you can get a couple of extra pawns, but also get checkmated quickly because of your underdeveloped pieces. Remember, the main purpose of “opening” is to develop pieces quickly and efficiently.