CHESS TIPS & OBSERVATIONS
A Special Report
GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND OBSERVATIONS.
Concerning the King.—It is mostly advisable to castle the King pretty early in the game,
and to do so on the King's side, because he is less subject to an attack, and better able to
repel one on that side than the other.
Be fearful, when castled on the King's side, of permitting an adverse Knight to gain safe
possession of your King's Bishop's 4th square, and remember that it is seldom prudent in
an inexperienced player to advance the Pawns on the side his King has castled.
Be cautious of playing your Queen in front of your King and in subjecting yourself to a
discovered check. It is better when check is given to your King to interpose a man that
attacks the checking Piece than with one that does not. Beware of giving useless checks
to your adversary's King, but when, by checking, you can oblige him to move, and thus
deprive him of the right to castle, it is generally good play to do so. It is sometimes useful
to give a series of checks, and even sacrifice a Piece, to force the King into the middle
of the board, where he may be subjected to the attacks of your other men.
Do not in all cases take an enemy's Pawn which stands before your King,—it may serve
sometimes as a protection to him; and bear in mind that towards the termination of a
game, especially when the superior Pieces have been taken off the field, the King should
be made to compensate for his previous inactivity, by being busily engaged. The fate of
the game is then dependent for the most part on the skill displayed in the management of
Concerning the Queen.—The Queen is so powerful and important a Piece at chess that
she should rarely be employed to defend or attack any point if you can do it as well with
It is not good to play the Queen out in the game at the beginning, because she can be
attacked by inferior Pieces, and is compelled to retire with