New to chess

thesandman3
I just started the game of chess can someone give me advice on the basics? Like I know how the pieces move but I don’t know anything else like how to think or anything like that
APandaWhoPlaysChess
Try looking at the lessons that are in the play area. They’ll teach you important tips about playing chess
kindaspongey

"... for those that want to be as good as they can be, they'll have to work hard.
Play opponents who are better than you … Learn basic endgames. Create a simple opening repertoire (understanding the moves are far more important than memorizing them). Study tactics. And pick up tons of patterns. That’s the drumbeat of success. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (December 27, 2018)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/little-things-that-help-your-game
https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-start-out-in-chess

https://www.chess.com/blog/michechess89/8-tips-to-increase-your-online-rating

https://www.chess.com/news/view/rapid-chess-improvement
https://www.chess.com/news/view/a-new-years-resolution-improve-your-chess-with-new-lessons

https://www.chess.com/article/view/mastery-chess-lessons-are-here
"... In order to maximize the benefits of [theory and practice], these two should be approached in a balanced manner. ... Play as many slow games (60 5 or preferably slower) as possible, ... The other side of improvement is theory. ... This can be reading books, taking lessons, watching videos, doing problems on software, etc. ..." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627084053/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman19.pdf
"... If it’s instruction, you look for an author that addresses players at your level (buying something that’s too advanced won’t help you at all). This means that a classic book that is revered by many people might not be useful for you. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (2015)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever
Here are some reading possibilities that I often mention:
Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Simple-Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htm
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104437/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdf
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/
Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (1948)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093415/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review919.pdf
Back to Basics: Tactics by Dan Heisman (2007)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233537/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review585.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-back-to-basics-tactics
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5856bd64ff7c50433c3803db/t/5895fc0ca5790af7895297e4/1486224396755/btbtactics2excerpt.pdf
Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf
Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-of-pete-tamburros-openings-for.html
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/openings-for-amateurs/

https://www.chess.com/blog/ForwardChess/book-of-the-week-openings-for-amateurs
https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf
Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller (2015)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-endgames-for-kids/
http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Chess_Endgames_for_Kids.pdf
A Guide to Chess Improvement by Dan Heisman (2010)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105628/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review781.pdf
Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis (2009)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090448/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review750.pdf
Seirawan stuff:
http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_beginner/ev_winning_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ID=BO-Beginner

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090229/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review492.pdf
http://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf

https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-openings

https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-endings
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708092617/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review560.pdf

MSteen

Kindaspongey, you've put together an impressive list of resources here. BUT you always copy and paste the same list no matter what the level of the player who is asking the question. 

This person has confessed to not being sure how the pieces move, and you've overwhelmed him with enough resources to get to strong club player. 

If I might suggest one book for a total beginner, it would be "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess" by Patrick Wolff. After that, he should come back to your much more comprehensive list.

 

kindaspongey
MSteen wrote:

Kindaspongey, ... you always copy and paste the same list no matter what the level of the player who is asking the question. ...

FALSE.

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/game-analysis/i-have-been-studying-chess-for-a-solid-6-months-now-but-i-cant-progress-past-1400?page=4

kindaspongey
MSteen wrote:

... This person has confessed to not being sure how the pieces move, ...

“... Like I know how the pieces move but I don’t know anything else like how to think or anything like that“

kindaspongey
MSteen wrote:

... and you've overwhelmed him with enough resources to get to strong club player. ...

It is a list of possibilities. Thesandman3 can choose whatever seems to be of interest.

kindaspongey
MSteen wrote:

... If I might suggest one book for a total beginner, it would be "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess" by Patrick Wolff. After that, he should come back to your much more comprehensive list.

My concern would be that a book can overwhelm the reader if it tries to cover too many different subjects, but it is a reasonable possibility to consider. Here is a review:

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708110052/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review587.pdf

GM_Dipankar007

I think getting a chess coach can help you learn the basics fast and avoid making the same mistakes over and over. I have taught over 80 students who were beginners and I specialize in helping beginners learn the game. If you're interested in lessons, send me a message. It's not free but my rates are negotiable

tud32994
Hm
RussBell

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

santiagomagno15

You have to play more!!

Joel31w

YouTube and search something like, chess theory basics or I just started playing chess and see where it takes you. the lessons here on chess.com are excellent and looking up chess masters on YouTube and twitch and watching them helped me.

Stylin

Tesr

cronicofiore

Play endgames and only than study openings

kindaspongey

It might be of interest to look at the table of contents of A COMPLETE CHESS COURSE by Antonio Gude: "... 1 The Basic Rules of Chess 7 ... 2 Your First Chess Games 23 … 3 Openings and Basic Principles 33 ... 4 Putting Your Pieces to Work 52 ... 5 Strategy and Tactics 76 ... 6 Endgame Play and Further Openings 106 … 7 Combinations and Tactical Themes 128 ... 8 Attacking Play 163 ... 9 Your First Opening Repertoire 194 …"
http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/A_Complete_Chess_Course.pdf