There are blog posts on this website for how to play against chess players near your equal; they are here, here, and here. Here is another post on the subject of playing against weaker players. This time I’m thinking of people who are not weak, but they may lose more often to you than they win. They are not weak but could be described as the weakest chess opponents that you should still want to play against.
These players, even though they may lose more often than they win, could sometimes beat you if they should ever get lucky; that’s why I call them “the weakest chess opponents.” (You should still want to play against them, though.) If you can beat people who are much weaker than you, then you will find that when playing against better players, even near your equal, they might end up losing to you if luck ever goes your way.
This webpage shows why you need to learn how to win in chess by giving checkmate, or at least check, against your weakest opponents.
It is not just because it is good sportsmanship to give checkmate when you can, though that may be part of the reason; but also because if you can win even once in a serious game against someone who often beats you, then the other players who lose to that person will wonder what is wrong with the other player; they will think that it must be something about their playing style.
You want all your opponents to think like that, not because you are bragging (you should never brag) but because it could make them change styles against you. You also want them to feel embarrassed if they lose to someone who is not supposed to beat them.
For example, if you learn this technique of giving checkmate with an influential bishop against the black king (see pictures below), then it could happen that your opponent will end up changing styles against you; he might play more defensively because now he knows that you can give checkmate with a very strong bishop against the black king.
If you want to know how to win chess in 4 moves then you should read the guide and learn how to play and win against your weakest chess opponent!
How to Play and Win Against Your Weakest Chess Opponent
1) The Weakest Chess Opponents
If you play chess online (I do not recommend playing over the board for money), then, if you are like most people, you will lose more games than you win to players who are weaker than yourself; but it is very satisfying when one of your “weaker” opponents wins even once against you. You may find that frustrating, but it is exciting for those “weaker” opponents; and very embarrassing for you.
It is good to remember that people who play weaker than you, yet they still win sometimes against you, may not do so because of their playing styles or talents; it has nothing to do with anything like your opponent’s chess talent. It only means that sometimes the chess player who is supposed to lose will get lucky and win.
You should not change your playing style against such an opponent; you should study how to beat him by giving checkmate, even while still having his entire army on the board.
2) Why You Should Give Checkmate to Your Weakest Opponent
Let’s say you meet a weaker opponent and try to win by giving checkmate, but somehow your opponent can still fight back, so it ends up as a draw.
You may think that you should give him credit for such an excellent defensive effort to save the game from being a loss or even get it into a stalemate position. Still, once in a while, you may get lucky and win even if your opponent makes good defensive moves.
The probability of winning or losing is not the same for all players; it is more like 51%-49% (in your favor), for one player over another, say 54%-46%, etc. Some people are just luckier than others, and that is all there is to it. If you were just a little luckier than your opponent, you would sometimes win even if he makes good defensive moves.
When you play someone who is at the same level as yourself (or maybe slightly weaker), and if you make a mistake that gives him a chance to get lucky, you will lose even if he makes very few mistakes. The only way to make sure that you do not lose is by giving checkmate (or at least check) right away; otherwise, even tiny mistakes will provide your opponent the opportunity to get lucky and win.
To be successful in chess, you need to know how to play against all kinds of players, not just the top ten percent of all players. For example, you need to be able to beat those people who are slightly weaker than yourself; yet they may win even if they make only a few mistakes, but that is because they get lucky sometimes. You need to know how to play against them to beat them.
3) How to Beat the Black King with a Strong Bishop
This chapter is about how to give checkmate with a very strong bishop against the black king.
For you to understand this technique, you must know that there are three kinds of squares in chess: “white,” “black,” and “neutral.” The light-colored square in front of your king’s position is called a neutral square; what is essential is how intense the color of the square is (i.e., whether it is closer to white or closer to black); that line will be called “strong” above; the other two lines are both called “weak”; see diagram below:
If you can move your bishop to any position where it cuts off one of these weak lines, then you can give checkmate.
In this example, the black king is in the center, and the position is symmetrical; thus, your bishop cannot cut off a line of weakness with just one move, but you have to do it in two activities. It takes several actions to get from the weak square in front of your king’s position to the soft line in front of your opponent’s king position; see diagrams below:
It is not easy to recognize that you can give checkmate by moving like this (cutting off two lines of weakness) even if you have the know-how. You need to play many games before it becomes natural for you; then, you try different positions and see if you can win by giving checkmate in this way.
4) Tips for Playing Against Your Weakest Opponent
Sometimes your opponent may be very much weaker than you and still give you a hard time in the game. If you know what to do in these exceptional cases, it will be easier for you to win.
If a beginner makes a mistake that falls into one of the patterns I have been studying for many years, I can win against them. Even so, the beginner is still far from being a chess master.
When I play against weak players who are less than 200 points more vulnerable than me, it is not easy to win because they will sometimes beat me even though my opponent makes a minimal effort to create winning chances for himself.
However, it is still difficult to win against a beginner who makes more minor mistakes than you if your opponent makes several mistakes that fall into a pattern that you have studied.
When I play someone whose strength is lower by about 100 points (i.e., 200-300 rating), it can become very tough because they are just nearly as good as you and sometimes will beat me even though my opponent makes very few mistakes.
5) What Makes an Easy Chess Game Harder Than It Seems?
Even though there are many things that weaker players do that make it harder for you to win, making a few mistakes here and there is not what makes an easy chess game become harder.
The real problem is when your opponent does something on his own (in between moves), which gives him a better chance of winning even though he is the weaker player.
One of the things that I see when playing against beginners is that when they are in check, they will not give up their checking piece (unless forced to do so). They tend to hang on to it and won’t capture it even if you give them good chances. For example, if your bishop can check his king by taking a piece, and you did not move the checking bishop yet, then if he moves his king to a weak position (such as away from his checking piece), he will get checkmated.
He has to give up his checking piece even though your attack against him is more potent than his defense against it.
This mentality of “giving up your checking piece” is not something you can learn right away; it takes time to get used to this.
You need many hours of practice to get rid of this kind of problem because sometimes your opponent will give you chances to checkmate him with a weaker attack than what you usually use against an opponent who gives up his checking piece.
It would help if you were careful not to miss these chances against weaker players who are more likely to hang on to their checking pieces than stronger players would.
The time you have wasted in giving checkmate with a weaker attack is the kind of mistake that I am talking about, which can make an easy chess game harder than it seems.
The main lesson that I want you to learn from this article is how important it is to play many games when studying patterns. You need the experience to recognize these patterns and use them against your opponent if he makes mistakes that fall into these patterns.
If you study the best chess players’ games without playing lots of games, it will take years before you recognize some of these patterns that fall into the games you are studying.