Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com The only chess openings to learn and an idea for the Chess Perfect Black OpeningThere are only 2 openings in chess for players rated below 1600 or even 1800; they are 1.e4 or if u r playing Black 1... d5 no other opening exists nor need be studied. As i explain below 1.e4 gives White the best fastest killer opening, you canno...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/the-only-chess-openings-to-learn-and-an-idea-for-the-chess-perfect-black-openingSun, 20 Oct 2013 04:59:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/the-only-chess-openings-to-learn-and-an-idea-for-the-chess-perfect-black-openingI really hate talking about the Scotch Opening = Scotch Game...About myself after 30 years away i am returning to chess at age 50 plus Tax !!! :) so after some 3 months my rating is around 1350; this is really sort of funny since i am killing the enemy at the range of 1450 to 1500 and then i blow games agains...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/i-really-hate-talking-about-the-scotch-opening--scotch-gameTue, 06 Aug 2013 06:22:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/i-really-hate-talking-about-the-scotch-opening--scotch-gameSo... How to get better at chess, maybe even become a professional chess player?Here is my "study program"; firstly to say i am returning to chess after 30 years away on my 50th Birthday. So... how do i study chess? frankly it is very informally, i read about some intermediate concept and try and incorporate it into my games....http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-how-to-get-better-at-chess-maybe-even-become-a-professional-chess-playerSun, 04 Aug 2013 10:19:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-how-to-get-better-at-chess-maybe-even-become-a-professional-chess-playerBeginners chess openings selections and WHY ! ! !Seriously the amount of knowledge in chess today means people must keep it simple. So what is a perfect opening? Simple one that is proven over decades and wins also it needs a few different ways of being played (variations) so players can modify ...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginners-chess-openings-selections-and-whyTue, 16 Jul 2013 00:13:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginners-chess-openings-selections-and-whyBeginners chess openingsI have done a bit of study on chess openings and especially which openings are best especially for beginners. So lets look at our aims of the openings and why they are played. Chess is a game of two armies perfectly balanced at the start, each si...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginners-chess-openingsMon, 08 Jul 2013 17:45:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginners-chess-openingsPlay the Nimzo-Scan ftw !!! ;)The Scandinavian i use but i also "invented" the 'Nimzo-Scan' i say i invented this opening because i cannot find a real name for it; so if anyone knows its real name please let us all know plz? Nimzo used to do crazy but good openings like the N...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/play-the-nimzo-scan-ftwTue, 02 Jul 2013 04:58:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/play-the-nimzo-scan-ftwSo you want to get better at chess>?One of the worst things you can do is play a lot of chess.  Think about it, you need to play higher rated enemies since they know how to play better than you. Each game gives you a rating and your rating changes for the win or loss. Your rating...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-you-want-to-get-better-at-chessgtSun, 30 Jun 2013 19:03:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-you-want-to-get-better-at-chessgtah finally online chessSo finally i have now got my online chess down to 12 games, this means i can see each one always in the interface and focus on making just great moves. As i get better at avoiding mistakes my games will improve and then i will get free lessons fr...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/ah-finally-online-chessSun, 30 Jun 2013 14:31:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/ah-finally-online-chessBeginner Chess how to learn an openingChess is an amazingly simple game to learn to play, it has about a dozen moves for the bits and a sozen basic rules. One thing every chess player realises early on is the game starts equally and then they start losing :) Thus they come to realise...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginner-chess-how-to-learn-an-openingThu, 27 Jun 2013 06:16:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginner-chess-how-to-learn-an-openingBest books for Chess BeginnersSo whats the best books for Chess beginners? Well i own well over 50 chess books and yes i do read them much to my GF displeasure. But Chess books are cheap and plentiful. In fact it is easily forseeable that well over two hundred and fifty THOUS...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/best-books-for-chess-beginnersWed, 26 Jun 2013 07:10:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/best-books-for-chess-beginnersA good way to get better at chessWelcome to my blog, a good way to get better is to play online chess, if you play blitz/bullet chess then you must make fast moves and lack the time to consider optional canidate moves; this is bad for good chess learning, but people say its a lot...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/a-good-way-to-get-better-at-chessWed, 26 Jun 2013 06:14:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/a-good-way-to-get-better-at-chessBeginners how to evaluate a chess position.Firstly i am new to chess so how do i evaluate a position. Firstly funny enough since i play online the first thing i do i look at the enemy players rating. This rating tells me how likely that enemy is to make a mistake, chess rating is not of a...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginners-how-to-evaluate-a-chess-positionWed, 26 Jun 2013 05:44:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/beginners-how-to-evaluate-a-chess-positionHow to play chess for lifeTo me reading your notes a bit... Firstly as i write in my Blog pages i am back to chess after 30 years away. Today i find important differences in chess, especially from the internet where every nut-job like me can put their opinion out there 4 e...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/how-to-play-chess-for-lifeWed, 26 Jun 2013 04:50:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/how-to-play-chess-for-lifeok how am I going to improveFirstly i am 50 years old and want to prove i am start enought and dedicated enough to become a Chess Master at 2200 rating. Mainly i wll remove errors such as blunders and mistakes from my games, that will get me to 1600 rating easy, (check out ...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/ok-how-am-i-going-to-improveWed, 12 Jun 2013 19:30:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/ok-how-am-i-going-to-improvememo to self...the aim is not to play chess all night lol, but to learn and win games by not making errors... /blah... http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/memo-to-selfMon, 10 Jun 2013 01:34:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/memo-to-selfSo... how can a beginner get better at chessSimple play less chess. I find the more chess i play the less i "think" i make 'reactive' moves and play to quickly. If you are here to play blitz chess a basically stupid persons way of using fast moves to confuse any decent opponent then this bl...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-how-can-a-beginner-get-better-at-chessSun, 09 Jun 2013 18:19:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-how-can-a-beginner-get-better-at-chessSo how do you move through the ratingsFirstly i think the ratings system is good, since i cannot imagine a better way to compare players. People want to play chess for many reasons, learning, fun, relaxation whatever. And the best way to experience chess is against someone of roughly...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-how-do-you-move-through-the-ratingsThu, 30 May 2013 09:37:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-how-do-you-move-through-the-ratingsSo the climb beginsWell now i am officially 50 years old, and also just rang my boss during my holidays and get told i have no job ;) well amazing... LoL i spent much of my holidays wondering how 'loyal' i should be to my boss, my time would have been better spent ...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-the-climb-beginsWed, 29 May 2013 18:46:40 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-the-climb-beginsSo what are the best openingsThe best openings have a number of positive things such as getting your pieces out and developed early and not giving to many unfair advantages to your enemy.  All openings fall into three basic categories, Good, not popular and bad. So if we fo...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-what-are-the-best-openingsTue, 28 May 2013 07:54:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/so-what-are-the-best-openingsHow do blunders and mistakes occurI am thinking most of my improvement will come from simply looking at all my mistakes and trying to avoid the blunder into the future.  couple of things here 1) when oyur game is analysed it says "inaccuracies", 'mistakes' and blunders. To me bl...http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/how-do-blunders-and-mistakes-occurTue, 28 May 2013 05:14:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/crok/how-do-blunders-and-mistakes-occur