Advice for a beginner or dummy



I started playing chess about 10 days ago. I love the game. Unfortunately, I can only pursue it as a hobby and can not opt for a formal training. (My current level is pretty low: 225). I am following the study plan given in and have completed the Beginner Lessons. I also play 10 min matches and solve tactic problems regularly. I would like to get some suggestions/guidance on how to significantly improve my game.

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Have patience. Progress in chess is slowly, but steady for some years, if it's fun.
Continue solving tactic problems and look at those, you didn't solve. Play through those again and again, till you have understood, what's going on there.
Play10 min games and look at the moments you're interested.


Thanks for the advice Klauer happy.png


You need to learn the different tactical themes. Chess improvement is about learning more patterns. You are solving tactics puzzles now, but it will be more efficient if you learn what  are the different tactical patterns. Tactical improvement is important. With an improved tactical ability, it gives you a better chance  to spot tactics that wins material or mate the king. You will also see better the threats of your opponent.  Continue solving puzzles, but study first the link that I will give you.


Study the different tactical themes here.



I will show more  helpful lesson to you. Just message here if you are done studying the different tactical themes.


Thank you for the link jambyvedar. I'll keep you informed of my progress. 

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I agree with Klauer: Man muss den Weg nach oben klauen.

Shouldn't this be more about advice, not trying to convince them to hire you?

Opening Principles:

1. Control the center squares – d4-e4-d5-e5

2. Develop your minor pieces toward the center – piece activity is the key

3. Castle

4. Connect your rooks



Pre Move Checklist:

1. Make sure all your pieces are safe. 

2. Look for forcing move: Checks, captures, threats. You want to look at ALL forcing moves (even the bad ones) this will force you look at, and see the entire board. 

3. If there are no forcing moves, you then want to remove any of your opponent’s pieces from your side of the board. 

4. If your opponent doesn’t have any of his pieces on your side of the board, then you want to improve the position of your least active piece. 

5. After each move by your opponent, ask yourself: "What is my opponent trying to do?"


I looked at this game from the TO.

Assume a kid of my former training groups played this. I would say: Played well. You developed, you tried to attack the king and in the end you succeeded. Later on we can discuss moves 3-7, which are of different strength. But that's not important now.


Important is what happened on move 5 from black, Move 9 from white, move 10 from black, move 11 from black. Find better moves each time and let's discuss them later or check them with an engine.
If you want to do some extra work, which will bring you faster progress: Verbalize, what has happened. What do those moves have in common? In this case you will have a better idea of things to care for at your present stage.

Edit: The verbalization task demands a stage of abstract thinking, which is mostly not there before 10. But sometimes even younger kids like to do this. From 12 onwards its only a question, if someone likes to do this. In case of dislike, drop it.

foolishjan wrote:

Thank you for the link jambyvedar. I'll keep you informed of my progress. 


Okay. Remember, study the link that I have given!

foolishjan написал:

I would like to get some suggestions/guidance on how to significantly improve my game.

Don't play blitz. You have no time to think. Play 10 or 30 minutes match


Daily Games, rated or unrated are also an excellent way to learn and improve.

How about this:
Play some tournaments to get practice playing higher players, and don’t be distracted by rating. I made that mistake once, when I got to 1288. I thought I was so awesome, but now my rating is 1216. Don’t blame me, I’ve been playing for only 2 years.