Does this ever happen to you?
You’re a couple of moves into the game you think:
Ok, I’m happy with my position, but what now?
Understanding the objectives in chess will help you solve that problem!
Why it’s so important to understand the objectives in chess
A goal is the end-result of what we want to achieve. In chess, the goal is to checkmate the opponent’s king. Objectives in chess are smaller, more manageable actions that work together to help you reach that goal.
Going into battle without a carefully planned strategy is a recipe for disaster. If you want to overpower a strong enemy you must know how you will approach the battle. This means you must know what your objectives are and understand how they will help you achieve your goal.
Whenever you reach a moment where you feel that you don’t know what to do next – that is a clear indication that you should’ve be thinking about your objectives.
Every move you make must be guided by your objectives. Moves that are based on vague idea isn’t good enough. You should be clear on what you want to achieve. If you don’t keep your objectives in mind you will waste time thinking about moves that don’t serve a clear purpose.
You will become much stronger when you consistently make purposeful moves.
Here are the 5 main objectives in chess:
- Win material: Aim to win material. The player with more material will be able to add pressure on targets in the opponent’s position.
- King-safety: Keep your king safe. Try to expose your opponent’s king because an exposed king is very vulnerable to threats.
- Piece-development: Develop your pieces to their full potential because well-developed pieces have more fire-power than undeveloped pieces.
- Center-control: Central squares are the most important squares on the board. Controlling the centre increases the mobility of your pieces. At the same time it restrict the mobility of your opponent’s pieces.
- Pawn-structure: Avoid obstructing your pieces with the pawns. Try to weaken your opponent’s pawn-structure if possible. Remember the pawn-structure affects the development of the pieces and determines where the weak squares are.
When you know what to play for in a position, you will have the necessary motivation to search for the best way to implement your plans.
Strong chess-players consistently make purposeful moves that are focused on achieving their objectives.
The objectives in chess serve as pointers that will help you to:
- Make moves that serve a strong purpose and to
- guide your thinking-process in the right direction.
If you don’t keep your objectives in mind, you will waste a lot of time thinking aimlessly about moves that don’t have a clear purpose.
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