Top 10 Tips


Before every move:

DO NOT move quickly.
Look to see what the effect of your opponent
s move is last:  Is he threatening a piece?  Is he looking to start a planned attack on your defence?  What is he going to do next move?
Look at all your options:  Where is there a weak point in his defence and can I attack it?  If I move a piece somewhere will he be able to take it?  Where am I going to try and attack? PLAN what you are going to do.
Always look for a way to checkmate him, the quicker the better.  Especially when you are in a very strong position.  Do not waste time taking his pieces.   BUT be careful that he does not get you first!

In the beginning:

Make sure you develop your Knights and Bishops first!
You must Castle!
Do not leave pieces undeveloped or trapped as then you can not use them later on in the game.
Create a strong pawn formation.
Work to a plan:  Have a few openings you know and use them.
DO NOT move your Queen and rooks out early.
DO NOT try fools mate, it never works. 

In the Middle Game:

Try to exchange pieces It puts off an opponent and helps you put holes in his defence.
Use pawns as attacking pieces to put holes in a defence.  Put a rook or queen behind them and push them forward.
Look for weak points in his defence.
Look for forks and pins that could give you the advantage.
Look for his mistakes, therefore look at where he has moved last.
Try to create passed pawns (pawns that are not blocked by another pawn and cannot be taken by another pawn).
Attack as a unit.  DO NOT just use one piece.
DO NOT use your king in any of your attacks and make sure the king is always well defended.
DO NOT get squashed up; stay spread out.

In the End Game:

Bring your king into the attack.
Try to create Passed Pawns and then use them and block any attempts by him to do the same.
Learn how to mate with just a Rook and a King.  Put the Rook and King together and then trap his king in a box created by the rook.  Tighten the box and then force him onto the backrow and keep him there.  Get your king opposite his and then move the rook onto the backrow; checkmate.  Practice this!
Finish him off as quickly as possible.  Remember you only have 25 moves to get him after all his pieces have been taken.

Chess Exercises:

Practice makes Perfect and especially in Chess.
Try and work out problems as this will train you to look for moves and to plan ahead.
Play people who are better than you as the only way to learn is by challenging yourself.
Help others as then it will help you learn.
Play against the computer.
Learn Openings.
Learn methods of checkmate in the End Game.
Most importantly of all; enjoy yourself! 
By Edward Symes