Saturday, May 14, 2005

Chess Maxims

Have you heard of Chess Maxims? Here are some, that made sense to me!
  • Bishops are better than Knights in open positions
  • Do not place your Pawns on the color of your Bishop
  • A Knight on the rim is dim / grim
  • Develop Knights before Bishops
  • Every Pawn is a potential Queen
  • A passed Pawn increases in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes
  • This one's funny - "Pawns are like buttons, Lose too many and the pants fall down by themselves" (This is credited to George Koltanowski)
  • Attack! Always attack! Attack is the best form of Defence
  • Always assume your opponent will make the correct reply
More such maxims are here.
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3 Comments:

Blogger Mousetrapper said...

Such rules make sense only in a statistical way, I mean that in general there are more situations where they are true rather than false. But many games are won by breaking these rules. So all depends on the situation!

6:46 PM  
Blogger SatishTalim said...

Very rightly said. In fact, I am bad at remembering the different types of openings in Chess and try to follow the KISS principle that revolves round these maxims and ofcourse I make my moves based on common sense, which takes priority over all else!

7:28 PM  
Blogger The Christopher said...

There are 10 opening principles that Reuben Fine lists at the beginning of The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings.

David Bronstein lists about 40 principles at the beginning of The Sorceror's Apprentice. I'll have to take a look at them and add some for your list.

10:27 PM  

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