I stink at this game. I've been playing it all my life at the rate of about a game a year. In the mountains of east Kentucky I could never find anyone to play. But in high school I met a friend who knew a little and would play me every few months for an ego boost. One game I worked very hard to achieve a stalemate. He said that in reality he beat me. I insisted the game was a draw. So he got furious and swore he'd never play me again. He kept his promise!
I've played several games this week. Probably 10 games against the computer. I have come to think of computer chess like the fraternity initiation scene in Animal House. You take a beating and say "thank you sir may I have another!"
This week I've watched some videos on chess.com. I read & researched openings. I now know what i don't want to do at the beginning and I've beat the computer twice now. It feels like there's been some progress.