16825 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
As I'm just starting to play chess, I was wondering what are the top tips which long-time players of chess can give?
Any golden nuggets of wisdom?
The easiest piece of advice:
When you decide upon a move, before playing it ... ensure that ALL of your opponent's (forcing moves) in response to your move, i.e.
can be MET by you safely via careful anaylsis, as opposed to *HOPING* you can deal with it later (after he moves!).
If there's something he can play that you can't meet safely, your intended move is clearly wrong ... come up with something else to play.
The vast majority of chess players out there simply ignore this out of cluelessness or arrogantly think "of course I do this" even though they don't do it consistently on EVERY move.
If you ever wondered what separates the strong players from the weak ones, the thought process above would be one of the big differentiators.
The quickest and most boring way to improve a lot is to play and study rook endgames.
1. At the very least, familiarize yourself with the basic principles of the most elementary tactics. Forks, pins, skewers, etc. You don't need to be a tactical monster, able to see four and five moves deep. Just notice the obvious one and two movers.
2. Once #1 is achieved, apply it to your opponent's moves, too, and try real hard not to blunder anything.
Get that stuff right, and you'll be really hard to beat for anyone without a title before their name.
Study tactics. Plain and simple. Find a nice tactics server that you like and practice regularly.
When faced with a threat remember there are 5 ways to deal with something....Move, Capture, Support, Block and Utterly Ignore. The last one is seldom good.
I am definitely liking all these tips! I created this post so that not only I can benefit, but others too! Keep the tips coming is what I say, the more the merrier!
One tip i'd put up as a beginner to other beginners is not to get carried away studying a variety of openings and defenses! Just play a bunch of games and develop your own style, and then get into the nitty gritty, otherwise like i've done before, you'll follow an opening so far and then just get lost and fumble your way through the rest of the game!
"Gibraltar Chess Festival! Round 1 - Hosts IM Elisabeth Paehtz & GM Simon Williams"
Login through email
by Yelenasach a few minutes ago
am i a prodigy?
by imirak a few minutes ago
8/3/2014 - Mate in 2
by Rambo2004 a few minutes ago
1/27/2015 - Boris Spassky vs Arnulf Westermeier, Germany, 1982
by FredBatchelor 5 minutes ago
by Synaphai 6 minutes ago
Tata Steel 2015
by Stavros_34 10 minutes ago
Podium Prediction Chess (PPC) - "GIBRALTAR MASTERS OPEN 2015" Edition
by bagahc 11 minutes ago
I finally learned how to study tactics right and finally improved my rating
by hhnngg1 11 minutes ago
Chess for Oldtimers --- Good Idea !
by EarnestDignity 16 minutes ago
English vs Queen's Gambit
by MelvinDoucet 17 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!