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I'm a beginner who'd like to improve my game - could you please give me some general advice?
I just won a game against a friend, but I wouldn't've if he'd promoted to a queen instead of a knight.
Here's the game (I don't know how to format it):
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qc3 e6 5. Nf3 Nge7 6. Bg5 f6 7. Bh4 Ng6 8. a3 Be7 9. g3 O-O 10. Nbd2 Nce5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. O-O-O a6 13. f4 Ng4 14. Qf3 Nh6 15. f5 e5 16. Bc4+ Nf7 17. g4 b5 18. Bd5 Rb8 19. b4 Bb7 20. c4 Bxd5 21. cxd5 Rc8+ 22. Kb2 Rc7 23. Rhg1 Qc8 24. Rc1 Rxc1 25. Rxc1 Qb7 26. Qe3 Nd6 27. g5 Qa8 28. gxf6 Bxf6 29. Bxf6 Rxf6 30. Nf3 Nc4+ 31. Rxc4 bxc4 32. Nxe5 Qc8 33. Qa7 c3+ 34. Kc2 Rh6 35. Qxd7 Rxh2+ 36. Kd3 Qxd7 37. Nxd7 c2 38. e5 c1=N+ 39. Ke4 Rh4+ 40. Kf3 Rh3+ 41. Kg4 Rxa3 42. e6 Rd3 43. e7 Re3 44. d6 Nd3 45. Nc5 Nxb4 46. d7 a5 47. e8=Q+ Rxe8 48. dxe8=Q# 1-0
please start using the 'insert position 'button. Copy page pgn in this, so people can easlily see you game. I have done it for you game but it is very easy to learn and makes discussing a game attractive.
Think you very lucky as so unlikely for black to promote pawn to knight ? (move 38.) Black defeated himself...
Caspid - from one beginner to another, welcome! Although it appears you've been here a year, you haven't done anything, have no online game rating, and have only completed 3 tactics trainer puzzles?
My recommendation comes from what others have recommended to ME!
If you need help figuring out how to format a game to be posted in the forums, send me a private message and I'd be happy to help you. it took me a while to figure it out, but once I did, it's very simple now.
Wow - exciting game!
To echo some previous advice, study lots and lots of tactics. Nowadays tactics puzzles are available on computers - if you prefer books, start with Fred Reinfeld's books in the "1001 ..." series.
Study endgames! Silman's book is probably a great place to start - and also probably all you need for a while.
Work through Silman's _Reassess Your Chess Workbook_ - set up the positions and go through all of them, one by one. Then do the whole book again.
And keep playing!
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