National Scholastic Chess Championship

The Chess Gym Competition Strategies

Do’s

 

Play confidently and assertively regardless of who you are playing

 

Place your pieces on their optimum squares

 

Play to transpose to positions you understand well

 

Play moves with dual purposes and threats

 

Play intuitively and creatively

 

Play aggressively when the position calls for it

 

Play positional when the position calls for it

 

Play in-between moves when advantageous

 

Play to place ideas over memorization of variations

 

Play quickly and accurately

 

Play harder when ahead or winning

 

Don’t’s

Play reservedly based on your opponent’s rating

 

Play passively and place your pieces randomly

 

Play over-confidently regardless of the opponent or position

 

Play sacrifices when a slow positional win leaving your opponent with no counter-play will do

 

Play moves that win material at the expense of compromising your King’s position

 

Play exchanges when the resulting position does not favor you

 

Play random moves or checks just because there was no obvious move in a position

 

Play a game against a weaker opponent while concentrating on a stronger for the next round

 

Play slowly when ahead expecting your opponent to resign

 

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