Am I doing it right?

I've been playing for a bit less than a month. I bought gold early in November and I've been doing about 100 puzzles a day since then. Is that too much? Does it matter? Please can someone tell me because I have no frame of reference for this kind of thing


"I've been doing about 100 puzzles a day since then. Is that too much?" ++ Yes. 4 puzzles is a good warm-up, but that is it. In a real game nobody tells you there is a tactic, or for which side.

"Does it matter?" ++ Not that much. Stay away from bullet and blitz and play 15|10 rapid. Whenever you lose a game, analyse it thoroughly so as to learn from your mistakes.


Solving puzzles help you learn checkmate patterns and tactics

Ask yourself what you learned from those

If you just want fun and see solving puzzles fun do as many as you want

But if you want to improve,learn tactics,strategy,openings,endgames, etc....

For begginer level Puzzles is a Great way to start


To most of my students, I give this advice (and it's almost all they need):

The biggest reason people struggle in lower-level chess is because of blunders. They make them in almost every game.

A mistake can instantly put you in a bad position, no matter how well you played earlier: if you had great opening knowledge, great positional skills, great endgame skills, whatever; a single mistake can change everything (you lose a piece or get checkmated).

So, how do you avoid blunders? Follow these two simple steps:

1. After your opponent moves, think if it's dangerous. Ask yourself, “What’s his idea?”
2. Before you make your move, think if it's safe. Ask yourself, “What attacking replies can he play?”

If you feel like getting to levels like 1600, 1800, or 2000 in chess is super hard, let's look at it in a different way. Those players you're facing make blunders in nearly every game they play. Beating them isn't so tough if you stop making big mistakes and start using their slip-ups to your advantage.

Again, it does not require you to become a chess nerd or spend all your time on chess. Just doing this one thing can boost your rating by a few hundred points right away.

Lastly, while avoiding blunders is crucial, I also share a few basic principles with my students. These principles help them figure out what to do in each part of the game - the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. Understanding these simple principles is like having a map for your moves. When you use this knowledge along with being careful about blunders, you're not just getting better at defending. You're also learning a well-rounded approach to chess. Keep in mind, chess is not just about not making mistakes; it's about making smart and planned moves to outsmart your opponent.


Hi .. 👋 everyone...




Try playing rapid games where you have enough time to think about moves . Analyse the games you lost and practice and perfect yourself in areas where you need improvement . Also learn from lessons and understand positional play






I'm glad you are doing puzzles. That will help you a lot!


  1. Since you are rated below 1000, here are some other general tips to help you: Before each move, I highly encourage you ask questions before every move such as, “If I move here, is it safe?”, “Can I safely capture a piece?”, and more. Also consider all checks and captures on your side and also your opponent’s side. Be VERY CONSISTENT with this. Your job is to NEVER make any silly mistakes in any game! If you continue to make silly mistakes, you will have a very hard time getting your rating up.


2) I offer a Twitch channel for beginners so they can get better in chess. Send me a game and I’ll analyze your games for free on my Twitch livestream. I livestream every Monday at 9:30pm PST, Wednesday at 9:30pm PST and Friday at 2pm PST.




I also offer a free beginner’s free eBook on my website, in case you are interested. 


3) Beginners needs to learn basic tactics such as the fork, discovered attack, pin, and more. I offer interactive puzzles on my website:  



If you are serious about chess, I highly recommend you hiring a chess coach to help you.  




I hope that this helps!