What to do after learning how to play


I just finished learning how to play. Like how pieces move, what is a check but now I'm really confused on what to learn. Can somebody tell me, thanks.


I would start by exploring this site and looking at Master Games under "More," drills under "Puzzles," and articles under "Learn." There are thousands of resources out there, both on this site and on YouTube that you can make use of for free. 

A great idea is to start reading some of the articles for beginners and get some suggestions for how to improve. If you have a little extra money, I would strongly suggest getting a premium membership--either Gold or Platinum--and make use of the excellent lessons under "Learn."

Also, though this may sound intimidating, just jump in and start to play some games. At first, try Daily Chess under "Play" and ask for a game with a 3 day time control. That is, each player has 3 days to make each move. Although the games usually go faster than that, you have ample time to really think about what you want to do. 

Above all, don't worry about winning or losing. Someone once asked Karpov how to get good at chess and he replied, "Go to a good club and lose several thousand games." The only real way to start to improve at this game is to play it. 

Good luck, and HAVE FUN!!


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Gentlelike wrote:

I just finished learning how to play. Like how pieces move, what is a check but now I'm really confused on what to learn. Can somebody tell me, thanks.

Opening Principles:

  1. Control the center squares – d4-e4-d5-e5.
  2. Develop your minor pieces toward the center – piece activity is the key. Centralized piece control more squares.
  3. (King Safety)
  4. Connect your rooks. There should be no pieces between your Rooks.

The objective of development is about improving the value of your pieces by increasing the importance of their roles (Piece Activity).  Well-developed pieces have more fire-power than undeveloped pieces and they do more in helping you gain control.

Now we will look at 5 practical things you can do to help you achieve your development objective.

They are:

  1. Give priority to your least active pieces.
  • Which piece needs to be developed (which piece is the least active)?
  • Where should it go (where can its role be maximized)?
  1. Exchange your least active pieces for your opponent’s active pieces.
  2. Restrict the development of your opponent’s pieces.
  3. Neutralize your opponent’s best piece.
  4. Secure strong squares for your pieces.


Don’t help your opponent develop.

There are 2 common mistakes whereby you will simply be helping your opponent to develop:

  1. Making a weak threat that can easily be blocked
  2. Making an exchange that helps your opponent to develop a piece


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?"


General Ideas.

  1. Stop playing blitz, and bullet.  Play longer time controls of at least G45, or longer.  
  2. Follow Opening Principles:
  • Control the center.
  • Develop minor pieces toward the center.
  • Castle.
  • Connect your rooks.
  1. Study tactics...tactics...tactics.  One of my favorite quotes is this: "Until you reach Master, your first name is tactics, your middle name is tactics, and your last name is tactics”.
  2. Double Check your moves.  Before making a move, ask yourself: "Are my pieces safe?"
  3. After your opponent moves, ask yourself: "What is my opponent trying to do?"
  4. Analyze your games WITHOUT a chess engine, then have someone stronger go over the games, or post them online for review.
  5. DO NOT memorize openings. Learn and understand the pawn structure, and piece placement for the opening you wish to learn.
  6. Learn Basics Mates:
  • K vs. KQ
  • K vs. KR
  • K vs. KRR
  1. Learn Basic King and Pawn endings.
  • KP vs. K
  • Opposition
  1. Have Fun!