How To Study Chess....

Greetings & Salutations,

I often find myself pondering this question: What is the best way to study chess. As a beginner I have several books, to name a few, I have "The Amateur's Mind" by Jeremy Silman, "Chess Openings For White Explained", Chess Openings For Black Explained", "The Complete Book Of Chess Strategy" by Jeremy Silman, and finally "Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide To Chess". I skip around different topics in these books but I have never pinned out and defined a way to study chess. Questions go through my mind such as "do I read the books straight through"?, or do I roll up my sleeves, get my chess board out and physically go through the moves the book is showing me? I have only been playing chess since December, 2008 and I have such a deep desire to be a good chess player. The most important thing is that I am having fun. Believe me, I am having loads of fun! If anyone has any ideas for me as to how I should spend my study time I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, and I hope everyone has a great day!



  • 7 years ago


    First you need to learn a few opening lines to be able to enter the middlegame with equal chances as your opponent.To do this use books,set up the position on a board and start making the moves from the book and pay attention to the explanations.After the opening is done the tactics are coming.To be good at tactics you need to paractice a LOT and always learn from your mistakes and the moves of your opponent (if he is better).The endgames can be difficult too.There can be many tricks in an endgame such as avoiding stalemate or force stalemate when you are losing or give eternal cheks.Learn about sacrifices,they are powerful weapons but if you screw something up after a sac you are dead.

    You have to learn how to analyze a position and then you have to figure out what is the best move.Try to find weaknesses.Attack the opponent's weakness and defend yours...but first you need to learn about potential weaknesses as double pawns,isolated pawns ,backward pawns,king in the middle,weak squares...etc.

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  • 8 years ago


    I have to say that i am lucky

    I have my teacher at home, i make my moves and later on we discusse what was right or wrong (mostly wrong movesLaughing )

    But I learned the basics from Dr. Max Euwe

    "complete manual for chess"

    Ans yes I did put op the board and studyed what he discribed in the book

    he explanes the reason why some moves are good  or bad to develop a good game of chess

    maybe a tip!

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  • 8 years ago


    Study TACTICS. 1,2,3,4, move Checkmates, skewers, dicovered checks, forks etc....Study problems by checking out what the best move is when viewing a board that is in the middle or near the end of a game.
  • 8 years ago


    I study through playing. I play a lot of players that are much better than I am, much more experienced, and see their tactics. If you play a safe and defensive game, you see how they handle the scheme.

    It's tough to read the other person's mind to set up a distraction and get the other player to make a move that you want them to make. Before you make any move, you have to assume that the next move the opponent makes is their best possible move.

    Overall, I don't know what the "Best" way is to study. Just observations, IMO.


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