10 common beginners mistakes in chess

10 common beginners mistakes in chess

While every chess player makes mistakes almost in every game, beginners mistakes are the most obvious ones and they are the result of ignorance or negligence of certain chess rules,
It is impossible to play chess without making mistakes in most cases, even for very strong chess players. It’s not that they don’t know what they should do and how but they fail to make a move in time or act based on false assumptions. The more you play the more you develop your own style of playing and the harder it is to remember all those algebraic rules, let alone apply them in real-life situations.

Bringing the Queen out early

it is very likely that you saw a video explaining the scholar mate, or how to check mat your opponent in three or four moves, while this is possible theoretically, in practice it is almost never happening unless you are playing someone who just learned how to move the pieces, those traps are very easy to spot and to avoid with little knowledge,
all those tricks and traps include bringing the queen out early in the game which may seem logical for beginner players and encourage them to do it repeatedly.
this is one of the biggest chess mistakes that beginners make, although the queen is the most powerful piece, bringing it out early on in the game is a big beginner mistake. here are some reasons why you should never bring your queen out early

  • your queen will be easy to chase
  • you lose time
  • Your opponent develop his pieces easily
  • you lose the initiative

Neglecting King Safety

When playing chess there is one thing you shouldn’t ever neglect – King safety. After all, it is the most important piece of your army. Sometimes the best moves of a game are criminally overlooked simply because they look so “simple” and “normal”. Kings are always in danger in chess, this is why it should be one of your priorities to keep your king safe. Castling is, therefore, a multi-purpose move. It secures the king and, it also brings a major piece to the action (the rook), another very important aspect of the king safety is the pawns in front of your king, you should not move them unless it is necessary, every pawn move in front of the king is weakening its position somehow.

neglecting the center

When you first start playing chess, it often feels like there are no rules to the game. However, just beyond your initial confusion is a strategy that controls how white and black should play. there are so many factors in a chess game and one of the most important things yet ignored is the center.
This is one major concept in chess that differentiates good players from beginners and newbies. The first thing to remember is it is to control the center of the board with your Knights and Bishops, do not chase after pawns, and ignore the development of your pieces, you should try to create an outpost for your troops. Fight for the center. Control of the center is key in chess; it can lead you to victory if you know how to use it well.

The opponent plan

When we, as chess players analyze a game we should try to put ourselves on the side of our opponent. To understand how the opponent succeeded in gaining an advantage over us, i.e., the road that he walked which led to comfortable win or a successful attack against our position. We must be familiar with all those moves that “turned the table” in favor of the opponent. The key to this is not to memorize all those moves but rather to understand how they influenced our position and if we could have avoided them. In other words we must learn how to deflect an attack or how to launch one ourselves and for that nothing will help as much as knowledge of our opponents tricks and tactics which – though they will give you no guarantee

the center

the squares e4, d4, e5, d5 are the center squares of the chess board, controlling these squares with pawns or pieces or both is very important to get better position every time, the adjacent squares of these mentioned are the big center and it is also important to keep an eye on them because they directly impact the center.

moving the same piece twice

The main chess player’s goal in the early phase of the game is to develop as quickly, and effectively, as possible. and so In the opening stage, it is wrong to move the same piece twice, it loses precious time and gives the opponent the opportunities to develop his pieces, beginners tend to chase pawns early on the game and forget about deploying their own army, time is key and the one who develops his pieces first stands better and get more chances to attack and win.

Hanging and overloaded pieces

The most common mistake among beginner players is they leave their pieces hanging with no protection. Hanging pieces are easy targets while overloaded pieces remain partially protected. but the common thing between the two is that they create tactical opportunities for your opponent. Before you move a piece it’s worth checking to see if you are about to make another piece vulnerable, overloaded or unprotected.

Poor coordination of your pieces

Just like how all players need to be involved in a football game when it comes to chess, you have to use your pieces and bring them into the battle. It’s never a perfect situation for each of your pieces, otherwise, you’d be winning every game. But it’s important to carefully think about which pieces are working well and where they’re going to play great roles. To recognize this, you must look at your pieces and determine which ones have good potential in the position. Then, you can start to coordinate them well.

being impulsive

Take your time, Keep in mind that chess is a game of patience, perseverance, and above all, creativity. It requires an acute memory, clear logic, and creative thinking to be played at a competitive level. The cornerstone behind chess is being decisive. From where you place the piece on the board to the move that will decide the game, it all comes down to making smart moves. Being impulsive can lead you off your path. Whether it’s deciding a move before thinking it through or giving up too easily. The ability to make smart decisions and have patience are two of the most important skills in chess.

Endgames negligence

In chess, the endgame refers to the last portion of the game when most of the pieces have been exchanged and the outcome is settled by a small force of pawns, rooks, and minor pieces. A lot of chess players fall into the trap of drawing in winning positions simply because of their ignorance of the basic endgame principles. it is necessary to start learning them and for that we recommend two books, the 100 endgames you must know by Jesus de la villa and Dvoretskys Endgame Manual.


We recommend that you learn the London System (for white) and the King’s Indian (for black) in response to the d4 and c4 opening and the Caro Kann (for black) in response to e4 openings. those openings are easy to learn, powerful systems, and you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. they have been used at the highest levels of chess for many decades and are still being played at the highest level today. try to stay away from new non-established openings and gambits especially those with a lot of theory instead try to understand the ideas and theory behind our recommended openings and you will get a great result no doubt.

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