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Chess Principles

1. When playing an opening make sure that you know the main plans and where
you should place the pieces.
2. Dont move the pawns on the side where you are attacked (only if its
absolutely necessary).
3. The control over an open file is an important positional factor (fight for it). If
you have control over an open file try to penetrate along it.
4. Make sure that you are aquainted (familiar) with the basic tactical tricks.
5. When advancing the pawns make sure that there are no weaknesses left
behind.
6. Take control over the weak squares and try to occupy them.
7. Pay attention in what order you develop the pieces.
8. Generally in openings develop knight before bishop.
9. When heading for a plan, make sure that it can be realized.
10. Its always useful to disturb your opponent plans.
11. When making any positional decision, make sure that it doesnt fail on tactic.
12. Even when you have a large advantage, its desirable to find the most precise
way in getting the most of it.
13. When converting an advantage, choose the simple way, not the spectacular
one.
14. When you have a decisive material advantage, trade as many pieces as you
can.
15. We should always pay attention to our opponent threats.
16. If a bad move isnt answered properly it turns out to be a good one.
17. Getting the queen out at early stages isnt desirable.
18. When analyzing a position first look at the active moves (that are attacking or
threatening something).
19. When calculating a line, you never stop until you opponent lacks active moves
(that attack or threaten something).
20. If you intend to do something, choose the simple way to do it.

Sarvadh Sathiaram

Chess Principles
21. In positions were you lack counter play, you should try to leave your opponent
with as few winning ideas as you can.
22. It is desirable to bring all your pieces into play (if possible).
23. In the endgames with rook against a minor piece, the simplest way to win is
by making a passed pawn.
24. In unbalanced endgames, the only chance of survive is either active play (or)
fortresses.
25. The rooks best place is behind the pawn
26. When having space advantage is desirable to avoid trades.
27. In any position, when you have to choose a plan, make sure that ALL of them
are spotted and try to choose the best one.
28. When you are worse in a position, you should check the active possibilities at
each move.
29. When defending a weaker position make sure that any active play makes no
further weaknesses.
30. If you find the right decision in a position, make sure that it is executed in the
best possible way. (find the line that offers LEAST possibilities for the
opponent)
31. In the double rooks endgames, the side with the advantage should trade a
couple of rooks and the other should avoid it.
32. At any phase of the game, if you can place the opponents pieces on passive
squares, do it.
33. In endgames, the rooks should be placed behind the pawns.
34. The passed pawns should be advanced.
35. Never put a piece in front of your passed pawn, unless it is forced.
36. A bad move unanswered correctly proves to be good.
37. The general rules are useful, but shouldnt be applied mechanically.
38. A weak square should be occupied.
39. When having the bishops pair we should open the game.
40. Any useful pawn moves should be played as soon as possible.

Sarvadh Sathiaram

Chess Principles
41. When you are lost, it is too late to be afraid. (look for unconventional
resources too)
42. Pay attention to details.
43. When you play with a plan (or idea), its better to stick with it.
44. When heading for an idea, make sure that it can be achieved.
45. When a piece is badly placed, the whole game is worse.
46. It is always useful to trade a worse placed piece and its better if we do this by
trading it with an active opponents piece.
47. When we have the advantage, yet not a direct way of converting it, we should
restrain the opponents possibilities (in getting counter chances) at minimum.
48. After getting out of a bad position, the tendency of overestimating the chances
is quite great (also we can lose focus).
49. If an idea doesnt come to your mind in the first couple of minutes, the
chances of spotting it later are close to zero.
50. Making a good move without the right idea behind doesnt help at all.
51. Especially during the opening, you should fight for the center.
52. When we have a development advantage, we should open the game.
53. Never start active operations before finishing the development.
54. We should always pay attention on intermediary moves.
55. Always check for key squares that are important for you and for your
opponent (squares that give an advantage)
56. When you have to trade pieces or take a pawn, always choose the most
dangerous one.
57. At all times we should concentrate on the current situation. Live in the present
58. In the endgame, the king is an important piece, therefore it should be
activated.

Sarvadh Sathiaram