Originally posted by Eladar
When I first started playing chess I lost pretty much every game I played on line, so I went to different sites asking for advice. I was given advice, but pretty much all of it was way over my head, therefore it was totally useless!
Three bits of advice I can still remember to this day:
1. Develop your pieces to good squares! (I had not idea what ma ...[text shortened]... ven if my opponent cooperates, eventually I'll exhaust my memorized line. Now what do I do?)
the problem is that we can become dogmatic, to our detriment,
for example, castle early is good advice, but its not enough, it should be,
castle when it is advantageous to do so, but that throws up its own problems, for
when is it advantageous or not, we might rephrase it to, castle early in open
games, or when the centre is about to be opened.
develop your pieces is also good advice, but its not enough, development without
planning is mindless and is development for developments sake, thus we need
some other defining criteria, develop with strategic goals in mind would be better.
dont move the same piece twice and we see the masters playing the Ruy Lopez and
the bishop on b5 gets kicked around two or three times, yet it ends up on the most
advantageous position, again, its simply a piece of advice, good advice, but relative
to the position.