10 Chess Tips Every Beginner Should Know

We have a lot of new players watching our streams and videos, and we receive hundreds of questions and coaching requests every day! In this video Andrea shows 10 basic chess strategies, that every beginner player should know. Mastering these principles will give you a solid base, that you can gradually improve upon as you get more chess experience. Drop a like and tell us in the comments, if you found these tips useful and if you’d like to see more of these videos in the future!
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00:00 RULE #1: DEVELOP PIECES AND ATTACK TOWARDS THE CENTER
00:39 RULE #2: CASTLE BEFORE ATTACKING
01:20 RULE #3: DO NOT PUSH KINGSIDE PAWNS
02:12 RULE #4: DO NOT TAKE THE QUEEN OUT EARLY
02:55 RULE #5: TRADE SIDE PAWNS FOR CENTER PAWNS
03:25 RULE #6: AVOID DOUBLING YOUR PAWNS
04:14 RULE #7: USE OPEN FILES AND CONNECT ROOKS
05:29 RULE #8: IMPROVE YOUR PIECES
06:34 RULE #9: BISHOPS ARE BETTER IN OPEN POSITIONS, KNIGHTS ARE BETTER IN CLOSED ONES
08:31 RULE#10: ACTIVATE YOUR KING IN THE ENDGAME

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900 Comments

  1. great tips for beginner. I finally started to win games

  2. I just realised Andrea sounds like DW from "Arthur"

  3. Andrea: Dont bring out your Queen in the opening

    Skandinavian defense: sad opening noises

  4. so we see Andrea starting here own chess course they grow up so fast

  5. 8:18 Is that a bissshopppah… hanging or I'm just happy to see you?

  6. Is it me or are the Botez sisters's mannerisms really similar when they are serious and focused? Watching Andrea here feels like watching Alexandra. I mean they're sisters of course, but it's still a bit eerie.

  7. This is actually the best short beginner vid i've seen so far. It's for ACTUAL beginners and don't go in deep about all kinds of spesific gambits and opening, before covering the fundamentals. Very nais 10/10

  8. Hey Andrea!! Thanks for making this video. It seems really basic but really helps some of the audience (incl myself) who are beginners. I also have some other people I know who are just starting to play chess and think this would be great for them to watch.

  9. I am very poor in English am didn't understand 😔 anything but every time am come here for see here face 😂

  10. When Alex first started bringing Andrea on the channel, she didn't have a raspy voice. What happened? Damage via yelling? I actually like the rasp, but it's strange how it changed in a short amount of time

  11. Show this to Alexandra, she will rise her skills up and one day maybe she will be able to make equal game against Bartosh. Just kidding, love you all

  12. If you watch it in 1.25x speed then it sounds normal

  13. take your thumbnail from something in your vid, imo

  14. in a closed position you can jump your knight around but when black hangs a Bishop you don't take it?

  15. Just wondering are the botez sisters family originally come from romania ? Since the name it's really common there?

  16. Awesome advice I don't see anyone else doing.

  17. Her vocal frequency is so unique . Soothing to hear but also too loud at some points .

  18. Thanks for the video it was great but I do have a question, when is it important to learn proper openings theory? I'm around 700 and I feel a little lost besides knowing I need my pieces developed and not create weakness's and castle. Would you say 1000-1200? Love the necklace btw Vivienne westwood goes crazy!

  19. *Everyone talking about chess

    *Me squinting at the screen: "is that a Vivienne westwood pearl necklace?"

  20. We couldn't help but notice, that when the ever effervescent and always adorable Andrea is teaching, attendance always goes way up. 💚 – j q t –

  21. Don't take free bishops instead maneuver your knight to a opposite color square so that bishop can't take your knight @8:17

  22. I like your voice in this video and I like it's not a bit from stream as well. Thanks!

  23. For all the people that keep raising the exceptions to the rule. You can't learn the exceptions if you don't know the basics, everything she mentioned is correct and will help all people to improve their chess.

  24. this was extremely helpful, made me realize how flawed i've been playing

  25. 1:20
    Andrea: don't push kingside pawns
    Also Andrea: plays King's Indian

  26. Rule #11. Forget Rules 1-10 and play bongcloud

  27. This is all good advice, but beginners only really need to know 1 thing: DO NOT HANG YOUR PIECES! If I play a beginner in chess all I need to do is play "normal moves" without doing anything too serious, and just wait for them to hang a piece.

  28. This is actually a great video for me. I'm writing these down with notes 🙂

  29. My problem is that I just can't really castle too early on, because I usually block in my bishop with pawns so I can't castle unless I move my bishop the wrong way, or I do some other dumb stuff that just ruins my whole game lol

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