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How to Play Online Chess Safely

Schools, coaching centers, and sports training have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world. Every institution is trying its best to make sure the development of the students’ minds is not hindered by the distancing rule put out by the government. In these times when students and young learners have very few options to get productive with their brains, online chess coaching and tournaments can be a real countermeasure to keep up the development of intelligence. Many students have participated in chess training campaigns online and they learn chess by playing games online. Although, as we all know that the internet is not actually the safest of places, we should always consider safety before connecting to unknown players online.

1. Safety First

The Internet can be a dangerous place for kids and there are people who misuse the web to harm people. If getting access to your personal information is easy, you or your friends may get into trouble. Some of the safety measures for online interaction should be taken. Use a random username but never your own real name as your favorite action star or super-villain. Never share your personal information online like where you go to school or where you live. Your interactions with an unknown player must be limited to online and never in person. When you play online chess games, focus on the game and talk about what you’ve learned (if it’s a casual free play) and not about your interests and favorite places or things that are personal to you and your family.

2. Master the Basics

When you’re taking online chess coaching, make sure you master your basics of the game before you play an online game on your own. Learn in-depth and practice endgame checkmate moves, opening principles, and tactics of chess.

The most basic endgame checkmate would be checkmating with a king and queen against the king of your opponent. Learning the different situations for a checkmate is important if you want to win.

Opening principles are by far the most important moves to practice in chess. Your first ten moves will be predetermined by the move with which you open. There are several patterns emerging after each kind of opening move and you must study the patterns with detail and try to use them to your advantage to create patterns against the opponent. Tactics like these will help you to get quick easy gains during the game and in time you might be able to finish quicker.

3. Stress on Fair Play

A successful chess career is defined by the winning of a game or tournament, thereby adding points to your chess rating. Chess ratings are the way in which players compare their skills with other players. In online tournaments, unfortunately, there are players who cheat in order to raise their ratings. Although there are chess websites that have a number of unfair play detectors, you must always look out for such players and their fishy moves. Don’t be afraid to call out on such players and inform the organizers even if you gain nothing from the game. One unfair point saved means you still have the chance to raise your rating in the next game.

Chess is an ancient game and players of old have said, “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about how you played the game.” Don’t get overwhelmed with either winning or losing, keep striving to be better than the last hour, and you will master the Black and the White.

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