I'm a novice. Even that term may be too strong for me. I have to thank my "bestest" friend Dr_Cris_Angel for teaching me many of the basics. Most important is probably knowing the value of the pieces! Sounds silly, right? Yeah, but you'll never see me exchanging my rook, let's say, for their bishop. Another thing is defending squares. And uh... protecting my pieces(making sure I have back up(s)). Taking an open file(rook) is most often a good thing. So yeah, little things like that helped me out.
Let's check out my first annotation. This is for ChessLerner48. I screwed up our analyzing session after the game.