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Improving Your Chess - Resources for Beginners and Beyond

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Principles, Fundamentals

Pandolfini's 64 Commandments of Chess...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/64-commandments-of-chess-by-bruce-pandolfini

Bill Wall's 64 Chess Principles & Bill Wall's Chess Page...

http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/articles/principles.htm

http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/

35 Vital Chess Principles | Opening, Middlegame, and Endgame Principles - Chess Vibes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXyJdetptXg

Note: many chess principles are explained well and discussed at length in the books "Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide To Chess", "The ABC's of Chess" and "Weapons of Chess" all by Bruce Pandolfini, which I highly recommend for the beginner-novice.  These will put you on the right path to playing good chess.

ChessKids Academy...

Excellent introductory chess lessons for kids and beginning chess players of any age...

http://www.chesskids.org.uk/

An openings summary guide (pdf) which you can download...

http://www.chesskids.org.uk/grownups/openings.pdf

Chess - Everything You Need to Know - Chess.com...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY2eXzw8HCzOm5gXAIZAehnfvvUsl8WcI

The 10 Most Common Chess Mistakes Among Beginners - Chess.com...

https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-10-most-common-mistakes-among-chess-beginners

4 Simple Steps To BLUNDER LESS - Chess Vibes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfmDBpbqMAI&t=3s&ab_channel=ChessVibes

10 Ways to Guarantee You Lose At Chess - Chess Vibes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuY411c3PWI

Fischer's Rule Will Prevent 50% of Your Chess Mistakes - Remote Chess Academy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h4KLNqvLWw&ab_channel=RemoteChessAcademy

How to Think in Chess...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+think+in+chess

HOW TO THINK - Beginners Watch This! (pause video frequently to think!) - Chess Vibes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KNRnX1XJkk

Free Chess Course For Beginners - ChessFox.com...

https://chessfox.com/free-chess-course-for-beginners/

Free Chess Course for Intermediate Players - ChessFox.com...

https://chessfox.com/free-chess-course-chessfox-com/

Chess Improvement Study Plan - ChessFox.com...

https://chessfox.com/chess-improvement-study-plan/

Beginner To Master - Chess Network - YouTube...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSA9se6t82I&list=PLQsLDm9Rq9bHKEBnElquF8GuWkI1EJ8Zp

Chess Course From Beginner to Master Level - NM Ramirez...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQKBpQZcRycrvUUxLdVmlfMChJS0S5Zw0

Chess Fundamentals - Instructive Lessons - John Bartholomew...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=john+bartholomew+chess+fundamentals

35 Vital Chess Principles | Opening, Middlegame, and Endgame Principles - Chess Vibes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXyJdetptXg

The Principle of Maximum Usefulness…

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa06b18.htm

The Principle of the Least Active Piece - IM Igor Smirnoff... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXIfO3aKA8I

The Top 23 Checkmate Patterns In Chess - Chess Vibes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo93mIhnDz4

Top 18 Attacking Principles/Concepts In Chess - How To Attack Correctly - Chess Vibes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ALEPcUaSU

5 Most Important Principles of Attack in Chess - IM Igor Smirnoff…
Spend some time studying the following instructive game (video) with the goal of understanding the reasoning (i.e., the principles) behind each and every move White makes.  Go over the game as many times as it takes (slowly, frequently pausing the video to think about the position and the analysis - i.e., the calculation - of the candidate vs actual moves) until you understand (not memorize) White’s decisions…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPlzkrBzlko

The 10 Best Chess Plans For The Middlegame - Chess Strategy - Chess Vibes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F98JdnLyUXA&ab_channel=ChessVibes

6 Steps To Make A Plan In ANY SITUATION - Chess Strategy, Tips and Tricks - Chess Vibes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ump_jFX5oXQ&ab_channel=ChessVibes

Mark Weeks' chess site...

Lots of instructive content on chess basics for beginners and beyond...(you'll need to browse to discover it all)...

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/caa-ltpc.htm

'Kestony' - YouTube...

Instructive videos...principles, strategies, tips...

https://www.youtube.com/c/Kestony/videos

https://www.chess.com/member/kestony

'Hanging Pawns' - YouTube...

Instructive videos, well presented, on every facet of the game, for every chess player...

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkJdvwRC-oGPhRHW_XPNokg

'GothamChess' - YouTube...

Fast-paced, (mostly) instructive, (sometimes) entertaining chess lessons...

https://www.youtube.com/c/GothamChess/playlists

'Jim's Chess Channel' YouTube...

Instructive videos.....particularly on openings...

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChSqcu-VJQSLfQes1vlGL5g

'ChessEdge' - YouTube...

Instructive videos focusing on chess fundamentals for the improving chess amateur...

https://www.youtube.com/user/BKKaye

ChessCafe.com articles archive...

A gold mine of instructive articles about chess, openings, book reviews...etc...including Dan Heisman's excellent 'Novice Nook' articles.....(have patience; the site may be slow to load)...

https://web.archive.org/web/20140714190611/http://www.chesscafe.com/archives/archives.htm

Outline of Chess...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_chess

Instructive Chess.com lessons, blogs, forum threads...

Note: you may need to subscribe to Chess.com's "Diamond' membership level in order to view Chess.com training/instructional videos in their entirety...

https://www.chess.com/article/view/study-plan-directory

https://www.chess.com/lessons

https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-10-most-common-mistakes-among-chess-beginners

https://www.chess.com/blog/Cherub_Enjel/1-how-to-understand-everything-in-a-chess-game

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/for-beginners/16-tips-from-a-2300-rated-player

My List of Recommended Chess Books.....on a variety of chess topics...

Good Chess Books for Beginners and Beyond...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/good-chess-books-for-beginners-and-beyond

Openings

Chess Opening Principles....how to begin a chess game....

For a first book on opening play for every beginner-novice I highly recommend "Discovering Chess Openings" by John EmmsThe focus is exclusively on fundamental principles of opening play, treating some openings only insofar as they serve to illustrate the principles under discussion. This is the best book for learning the basics of the opening phase of the game in general, i.e., how to play (and not play) the opening...

http://www.chesscentral.com/chess_strategy_a/201.htm

http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-principles-of-the-opening

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ugDFOoevyI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbD_jtRCAsA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21L45Qo6EIY

https://www.chess.com/article/view/study-plan-for-beginners-the-opening2

https://www.chess.com/article/opening+theory

Chess Openings Wiki...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_opening

How to Play the Most Popular Openings - The Ideas and Plans...

https://simplifychess.com/homepage/openings.html

Chess Openings Resources for Beginners and Beyond...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/openings-resources-for-beginners-and-beyond

Good Chess Openings Books For Beginners and Beyond...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/good-chess-openings-books-for-beginners-and-beyond

A popular site with an innovative, interactive approach to chess instruction - on every aspect of chess, including openings - is ChessableI recommend to check it out....some of the courses are free...

https://www.chessable.com/chess-openings/s/free

Chessable’s Guide to Chess Openings...
https://www.chessable.com/blog/opening-guide/

https://www.chessable.com/blog/chess-openings/

Checkmate

Basic Checkmates: Checkmate patterns - Chess Strategy Online...

https://www.chessstrategyonline.com/content/tutorials/basic-checkmates-basic-checkmate-patterns

10 Fastest Checkmates - Chess.com...

https://www.chess.com/article/view/fastest-chess-checkmates

36 Checkmate Patterns That All Chess Players Should Know - ChessFox.com...

https://chessfox.com/checkmate-patterns/

Attacking The Castled King Tactics! Concepts + Examples - Chess Vibes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh3g6Nx8Nz8

Tactics

25 Chess Tactics All Players Must Know - The Chess World...

https://thechessworld.com/articles/general-information/25-chess-tactics-all-players-must-know/

56 Tactics That All Chess Players Should Know - ChessFox.com...

https://chessfox.com/chess-tactics-list/

Chess Tactics | 38 Definitions and Examples - Chess.com...

https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-tactics#attackingf7f2

Practice Tactics on lichess...

https://lichess.org/study/topic/Tactics/popular

Practice Tactics on Chessbase...

https://tactics.chessbase.com/en

Endgame

The most important fundamentals for the beginner-novice to study in chess are: Tactics, Endgame and Opening principles.  While the last of these is certainly important to understand and to become skilled at, you can never study too much of the first two of these.  That is, time spent studying and improving your tactical and endgame skills will accrue more to your chess success and rating than focusing primarily on learning specific openings.

Unfortunately, endgame proficiency is probably the most neglected part of the game (at all levels of chess).  However, without an adequate understanding of endgame fundamentals, you will likely end up losing many games that you otherwise could have won (or drawn). The most important aspects of the endgame to become acquainted (and skilled) with are pawn endings, rook endings, and the technique of 'Opposition'.

For the beginner-novice, I suggest to supplement the internet endgame resources below with "Pandolfini's Endgame Course" by Bruce Pandolfini.  The lessons are presented one per page, allowing for rapid exposure to essential endgame concepts and techniques.  Be sure also to download the errata for the book...

http://www.glennwilson.com/chess/books/pec_errata.html

Another excellent and very popular general endgame book, appropriate for every chess amateur, is "Silman's Complete Endgame Course" by Jeremy Silman.  See also the free online endgame courses on Chessable.

Endgame Wiki...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_endgame

Reuben Fine's Twenty Rules for the Endgame...

https://www.chess.com/blog/Keyif/twenty-rules-for-the-endgame

Everything You Need to Know About Chess: The Endgame - Chess.com...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mhLQOZKVQs

Elementary Endgames in Chess - Mark Weeks

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/ble27end.htm

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa02k30.htm

Complete Guide To Chess Endgames - SimplifyChess.com...

https://simplifychess.com/chess/complete-endgame-guide.html#h.6aiyulkb8me3

John Bartholomew's Endgame Tutorials  and 'Endgame Bootcamp' on Chessable.com...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl9uuRYQ-6MDzm-bs8kbyHdYEmRGUauot

https://www.chessable.com/endgame-bootcamp-with-john-bartholomew/course/33597/

Many Instructive Endgame tutorials - 'Hanging Pawns'...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLssNbVBYrGcAcadywNlkAGpO1-kLfy0y2

Daniel Naroditsky's Introduction to Endgame Series...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhUoe2JBxco&list=PLT1F2nOxLHOfQI_hFiDnnWj4lb5KsviJ_

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT1F2nOxLHOfQI_hFiDnnWj4lb5KsviJ_

Opposition - The Most Important Endgame Concept.....(I highly recommend to develop proficiency in this technique as an essential part of your study of pawn endings)...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/opposition

'Opposition' tutorial - 'Jim's Chess Channel'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBqSAgsTqDY&list=PLPaM3qJ0ieXsZkPDAwkiT4jtV5MWGQXEI&index=4&t=0s

'Opposition' tutorial - 'Hanging Pawns'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoZPZdnYYk8&list=PLssNbVBYrGcAcadywNlkAGpO1-kLfy0y2&index=2&t=0s

more 'Opposition'...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=opposition+chess+endgame

King & Pawn Endgames Crash Course - 'Chess Vibes'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr5sA-IzEmM&ab_channel=ChessVibes

King + Pawn endings - John Bartholomew...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLyRWZPXUzI

King + Pawn endings - 'Jim's Chess Channel' (4 parts)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiaGte1CRnM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3QRTpIC9GQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBqSAgsTqDY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3dfayNstrQ

Top 10 Chess Concepts in King And Pawn Endgames - 'Coach Kestony'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-Js44DuLc0

Rook & Pawn Endings... 

Even more so than King + Pawn endings, Rook endings are the most common endings and are thus very important to learn.  Particularly for R+P vs R endings, three important important techniques to learn are Checking Distance, Philidor Draw and Lucena Position (aka 'Building a Bridge').

Elementary R+P vs R Endings (see Checking Distance, Philidor, Lucena Positions) - Mark Weeks

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa03l13.htm

Rook Endgames Crash Course - Rook & Pawn Endings - 'ChessVibes'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR8ULRlk9HA&ab_channel=ChessVibes

Rook Endgames - GM Josh Friedel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYY0JCuAlY

John Bartholomew's video tutorials on basic rook endgame technique...checking distance, Lucena & Philidor Positions, etc...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xk56Rt-7Rs&list=PLl9uuRYQ-6MDzm-bs8kbyHdYEmRGUauot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVwl3DyOXiM

Philidor (Draw) Position - 'Jim's Chess Channel'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzq4dCrxWs8&list=PLPaM3qJ0ieXsZkPDAwkiT4jtV5MWGQXEI&index=23&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hMvGvaJ9LQ&list=PLPaM3qJ0ieXsZkPDAwkiT4jtV5MWGQXEI&index=24&t=0s

Philidor (Draw) Position - 'Hanging Pawns'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qftbzl1dZws&list=PLssNbVBYrGcAcadywNlkAGpO1-kLfy0y2&index=10&t=0s

Lucena Position - 'Jim's Chess Channel'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3mgvsmMu6o&list=PLPaM3qJ0ieXsZkPDAwkiT4jtV5MWGQXEI&index=22&t=0s

Lucena Position - 'Hanging Pawns'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOVCZbJAdTU&list=PLssNbVBYrGcAcadywNlkAGpO1-kLfy0y2&index=11&t=0s

Pawn Play and Structure

According to the famous quote by Francoise Andre Philidor (1727-1795), considered by many to be the best chess player of his time, "Pawns are the soul of chess".

Pawn structure is one of the most important aspects of chess to learn well - especially as it essentially provides the road map for how to plan in the opening and middlegame, and also many times in the early endgame as well.  An excellent introduction to the topic is presented here...

The Complete Guide To Pawn Structures...

https://simplifychess.com/pawn-structures/complete-guide-chess-pawn-structures/index.html

Pawn Play and Structure - for Beginners and Beyond...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/chess-books-on-pawn-play-and-structure

Positional Chess, Planning and Strategy

Positional chess is about the cooperative placement and activity of your pieces and pawns with a view toward accomplishing a specific goal, be it offensive or defensive.  Positional chess concepts and techniques are integral elements in conceiving and implementing plans and strategies, and are essential if your goal is to play chess at higher levels.  If you have acquired at least a basic level of proficiency in the areas I have recommended earlier - tactics, endgame and opening principles - but still feel stuck at your current level, it may be time to consider incorporating positional chess concepts into your knowledge base.  Here are some thoughts, examples and suggestions along these lines...

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/ble26pos.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_strategy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBZL_uUX-7E

https://thechessworld.com/articles/general-information/7-most-important-principles-of-positional-chess/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYtXMJjqfvw

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa03k01.htm

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-play-positional-chess

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1015488

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1013545

Good Positional Chess, Planning & Strategy Books for Beginners and Beyond...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/introduction-to-positional-chess-planning-strategy

Play Longer Time Controls...

For many amateurs, particularly at the beginner-novice level, speed chess tends to be primarily an exercise in moving pieces around faster than your opponent while avoiding checkmate, in hopes that his/her clock runs out sooner than yours. Or being lucky enough to notice and exploit your opponent’s blunders before they exploit yours.

The point is, there is little time to think about what you should be doing.

It makes sense that taking more time to think about what you should be doing would promote improvement in your chess skills.

An effective way to improve your chess is therefore to play mostly longer time controls, including "daily" chess, so you have time to think about what you should be doing.

This is not to suggest that you should necessarily play exclusively slow time controls or daily games, but they should be a significant percentage of your games, at least as much, if not more so than speed games which, while they may be fun, do almost nothing to promote an understanding of how to play the game well.

Here's what IM Jeremy Silman, well-known chess book author, has to say on the topic...
https://www.chess.com/article/view/longer-time-controls-are-more-instructive

And Dan Heisman, well-known chess teacher and chess book author…
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627052239/http:/www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman16.pdf

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/dan-heisman-resources

and the experience of a FIDE Master...
https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/how-blitz-and-bullet-rotted-my-brain-don-t-let-it-rot-yours

Time Controls - Everything You Wanted To Know...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/time-controls-everything-you-wanted-to-know

Chess Databases Online

https://www.chessgames.com/

https://old.chesstempo.com/game-database.html

https://www.365chess.com/

https://database.chessbase.com/

https://en.chessbase.com/post/using-the-live-database-from-the-browser

Rules of Chess....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_of_chess

http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7324/28/

http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook?id=124&view=article

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For more helpful chess resources, including chess book recommendations, be sure to check out my Chess.com blog...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell

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