Unbeatable Chess Strategy: How to Never Lose a Game

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There is no one perfect strategy in chess that will guarantee you a win every time. However, there are some strategies that are so strong that they are almost unbeatable. In this blog post, we will discuss one of the strongest chess strategies out there, but virtually no one can play it!

There is also an example game below where defeat is out of the question due to the best moves being played by both players – It’s a long one, but interesting all the same.

What is the unbeatable chess strategy?

In short, the only unbeatable chess strategy is to avoid defeat by using the very best move available for every turn you have. This applies to both black and white and requires a tried and tested opening line using or playing against 1.e4

The definition of ‘Unbeatable’

Whilst there will be some discussion around whether 1. e4 or 1. d4 is the best first move in chess, statistically, we see that e4 is the most utilized first move in chess by grandmasters.

Bobby Fischer used e4 in over 90% of his games, and of those remained undefeated in 85%, but he did lose.

For this article, I am going to use 1.e4 as the perfect example and the optimum response from black to demonstrate how both sides can play an unbeatable chess strategy so as not to lose the game.

This is no guarantee of a win however, unbeatable only means not to be beaten.

No Human Can Employ or Play an Unbeatable Strategy

Whilst players like Magnus Carlsen will rarely be beaten these days, and the top player at the height of their success was virtually impossible to gain more than a shared point from, they remain human beings and humans make mistakes, ensuring that there can never be a solid gold guarantee that a winning strategy can be employed in every game they play.

With the further development of computerized technology, even computers and chess engines have their frailties and can make mistakes. The very best engines however are now unbeatable by humans, so to employ an unbeatable chess strategy a human would need the assistance of a computerized brain to select the moves for them.

The Only Unbeatable Chess Strategy is Making the Best Move Every Time

A feat that is virtually impossible for any mere mortal and even for the greatest grandmasters of all time.

You could of course cheat in chess and use an engine to avoid defeat. One way of doing this is to use a website like NextChessMove – You can set the board for any given position and allow stockfish to choose your moves – Although I simply can not see the fun in this.

Unbelievably some Grandmasters Have been caught cheating

Furthermore, should you wish to employ cheating strategies to remain undefeated, your online chess accounts will not last very long. You WILL get caught and your account closed – I do not challenge you to try and there are plenty of examples.

I have played online, and it is such a frustration to find someone cheating to find an unbeatable chess strategy to beat you. It is not only frustrating but pretty obvious, you do not see those players sticking around for long.

I love this video from Levy Rozman, exposing and seeing chess cheaters getting banned on chess.com – On occasion, cheats can not even win games or avoid defeat as the engines used on these sites, are not the most sophisticated and throw out some crazy inhuman moves which expose the cheats.

Unbeatable Chess Strategy Example – End Result – DRAW!

I played out a game from the analysis section of chess.com to demonstrate the engine selecting the ‘best move’ each time and the inevitable draw.

This is the game

This does prove the unbeatable strategy from a 1. e4 start will result in avoiding defeat but not guarantee victory, but victory is not required for unbeatability! (Did I just invent a new word?)

Right from the start the best defense against the King’s Pawn Opening was employed with the French Defense opening which developed into…

French Defense: Tarrasch, Open, Chistyakov Defense, 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4

Click here to investigate this opening deeper

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4

Unbeatable chess strategy game analysis
The Unbeatable Strategy employed in a game

For the sake of deeper detail feel free to copy and paste this PGN (bottom of the page) to see each move. Note the delayed castling and some rather ‘interesting’ choices from the engine.

The French Defense may not have gained a fan in Wilhelm Steinitz but it served black well in this game to prove unbeatable strategy.

Knowing that unbeatable moves can be found is one thing, having the wherewithal to know which move to make at every turn is another thing altogether.

Wilhelm Steinitz Quote about the french Defense
Wilhelm Steinitz was not a fan of the French Defense

The Benefits of Using this Strategy

There are no ‘real’ benefits of using cheating to avoid defeat in chess.

Whilst there is no benefit to using an engine to select your next move in a game of chess to employ an unbeatable strategy in chess if one does not use this solely for the reason to gain an unfair advantage, it could be viewed as education of the best moves in certain situations.

By doing this in a hypothetical situation can help in identifying positions and setting to memory the best moves to employ when playing for real, if your brain has the capacity to recall the position and the move.

The Disadvantage of Using This Strategy

The motivation may be to improve your online rating and face better players, but at any time the cheating is dropped and you try to beat these better payers, defeat is inevitable at which point these players tend to take up cheating once again, and at some point find their accounts closed down.

You will not learn to get better at chess or improve your game. You will simply end up having to play better-rated player with whom you have no chance with your exposed real abilities

How to practice and improve your skills with the unbeatable strategy

As mentioned above using engines to find a good strategy is a good way of learning and understanding positions and the best way to play them.

At the beginner level, however, there are some basic chess strategies from all areas of a game that you can isolate, study and practice to develop your game from beginner level.

The complete guide to chess strategy featured image
Chess Strategy for beginners – Start off on the right foot to develop your chess playing skills.

PGN of Unbeatable Chess Strategy

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 cxd4 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. Bc4 Qd7 7. O-O Nc6 8. Nb3 a6 9. Bf4 Nf6 10. Nbxd4 b5 11. Be2 Bb7 12. Nb3 Qxd1 13. Rfxd1 Nd5 14. Bg3 Nb6 15. Nfd2 h5 16. h3 Be7 17. h4 Rc8 18. c3 Na7 19. Nf1 Na4 20. Rd2 b4 21. cxb4 Bxb4 22. Rd4 Nc6 {Critical move.} 23. Re4 Nxb2 24. Rb1 Na4 {Critical move.} 25. Bf3 Nc3 {Critical move.} 26. Rxb4 Nxb4 {Critical move.} 27. Bxb7 Nxb1 28. Bxc8 O-O 29. Bb7 Nxa2 30. Be5 Nbc3 31. Bxa6 Nb4 32. Bc4 Rc8 33. Ne3 Ne4 34. f3 Nc6 35. Bxg7 Kxg7 36. fxe4 Ne5 37. Nd2 Rd8 38. Nef1 Nxc4 39. Nxc4 Rd4 40. Nfd2 f5 41. Kf2 Kf6 42. Ke3 e5 43. exf5 Kxf5 44. g3 Ke6 45. Kf2 Kf5 46. Nf1 Rd7 47. Nfd2 Rd3 48. Nf3 Ke4 49. Nfd2+ Kf5 50. Nf3 Ke4 51. Ng5+ Kf5 52. Nf7 Ke6 53. Ng5+ Kf6 54. Ne4+ Kf5 {Critical move.} 55. Nc5 Rd4 56. Ne3+ Kg6 57. Kg2 Rd8 58. Kf2 Rd4 59. Ke2 Kf7 60. Nb3 Rd8 61. Nd2 Kf6 62. Nec4 Ke6 63. Nf3 Rc8 64. Ne3 Ra8 65. Nd2 Kf6 66. Kf1 Rd8 67. Ne4+ Kf7 68. Nf5 Rd3 69. Ke1 Rd8 70. Ke2 Rd7 71. Ne3 Kg6 72. Ng5 Kg7 73. Ke1 Kg6 74. Kf2 Rd2+ 75. Kf1 Rd8 76. Nf3 Kf6 77. Ke2 Rd7 78. Ne1 Rg7 79. Kf2 Ra7 80. Nd3 Ra5 81. Nb4 Ke6 82. g4 hxg4 83. Kg3 Ra4 84. Ned5 Kf5 85. Ne7+ Ke6 86. Nec6 Kf5 87. Ne7+ Kf6 88. Ned5+ Kg6 89. Kxg4 Kh6 90. h5 e4 91. Kg3 e3 92. Kf3 Rxb4 93. Nxb4 e2 94. Kxe2 Kxh5 95. Na6 Kg4 96. Nb4 Kh5 97. Na6 Kg4 98. Kd1 Kf3 99. Nb4 Kg4 100. Na2 Kf3 101. Nc1 Kg4 102. Na2 Kf3 103. Nc1 (103. Nc1) 1/2-1/2

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