Beginner looking to improve

revolver

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Terrance and I am a 22 year old canadian. I got into chess after watching a movie that inpired me to buy my own hand carved cherry wood board and play other chess enthusiasts online (almost daily). I had an instant obsession with the game when I was reunited with it just several months ago and I am now hoping to become a master chess player one day.

I made this thread to gather advice from others on how I can become better. I do not know how to read the algebraic equations of chess and that is something that I was also want to learn and any links to online tutorials, books or general advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

LeviAJones
algebraic notation is actually pretty easy. check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algebraic_chess_notation
revolver
Wow, thanks a lot.
erik
LeviAJones wrote: algebraic notation is actually pretty easy. check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algebraic_chess_notation

 or we have an article on this:

http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-notation---the-language-of-chess 

hutter
Just play more, but do it right. I mean study openings and use them.
tactician
Play a lot of games (as many as you have time for) with the time control of 20 minutes or more. Don't play people with low ratings, play everyone.
SANGUINIU
I would recommend you to buy some kind of beginners book. I know good books to start but they are available in Spanish language only. I'm sure that other people here could give you some feedback about some English books.
shanevc

Hey, I too am just getting back into the game. I found the "chess for dummies" book laying around at a friend's and it turned out to be very informative from a fundamental standpoint: the value of material, space,  developement, etc.

It also points out important openings, endgames, patterns, and many other details that i havent gotten to a high enough level to use yet. 

A very easy read, by a reputable chess player, that i would recommend to any beginner.

alec94x

 

If you want to learn how to play Chess the right way I recommend you take the time to study the the elements and the endgame first before anything else the opening and the middle game must be be studied in relation to the endgame and I belive it's far easier for someone just starting out to learn what to do with just a few pieces than 32. The best modern book for your money is Silmans complete endgame course he divided the sections of the book according to rating so for 1100 rated Players there is a section for them what they need to know as a Player gets stronger there are sections appropriate for their level.

 

You want to get better? study tactics! You can't go wrong by studying the positions in a book like 1001 Brilliant combinations and Chess Sacrifices and 1001 Brilliant Checkmates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

revolver
hutter wrote: Just play more, but do it right. I mean study openings and use them.

Yes, I plan on getting some books from the library after I am finished reading several books I borrowed last week.

 

Thanks to everyone for posting.

 I have read the algebraic chess notations page on wikipedia and understand it completely. I am sure it will help me understand the books that I was looking into getting last week.

 

justice_avocado

it's also important to eat well and exercise and oh yeah don't stay out too late. otherwise you'll never win at chess. ever.

revolver
misteratoz wrote: Practice won't make perfect. What it will do is make you better. The greats like Fischer and Kasparov had a great understanding of chess, some intuition, much experience. Second, concentrate on the game. Third, read books that will help you become a better player. Know how to deal with various situations. For example, I learned about a very helpful method called "zwugzwang."

Does anyone else have any favorite techniques

Creg

<revolver> Like anything else that is taught to others there is a basic foundation of principles that must be learnt.

  • Understand the basic opening principles, not memorizing opening lines!
  • Study tactical puzzles as often as possible. This is one area that never ends. The better you know how to attack, the better a player you become.
  • Learn basic end-game principles. Do not get caught up with long involved end-game thesis right now, just a good primer will do. My favorite is Lev Alburt's 7th book of his Comprehensive Chess Course. It introduces just enough end-game understanding for any player. 
  • Patience! This all takes time. Keep playing games in-between your studies. Learn from your mistakes!  
Patzer24
Let me recommend practicing chess tactical puzzles over and over. This has really helped my play over the years. During games I am able to recognize winning moves and tactics quicker. On Chess.com we have the "daily puzzle", it would be very good for you to try to solve these puzzles and also participate in the discussions of the puzzle solutions.

Also there is the "Chess Tactics Server" (http://chess.emrald.net/). This is a very good website which allows you to practice unlimited chess puzzles. Over the years I have been using this site and it has really improved my play.
Trickster
Read the chessopidia! It might be boring but u learn a lot!
IronRaven
revolver wrote:

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Terrance and I am a 22 year old canadian. I got into chess after watching a movie that inpired me to buy my own hand carved cherry wood board and play other chess enthusiasts online (almost daily). I had an instant obsession with the game when I was reunited with it just several months ago and I am now hoping to become a master chess player one day.

I made this thread to gather advice from others on how I can become better. I do not know how to read the algebraic equations of chess and that is something that I was also want to learn and any links to online tutorials, books or general advice would be greatly appreciated.

 


 What'sthe movie name :D. I'm also a movie funn (all movies not only chess ones )and if u want to improve u can learn much from this site or u can buy books, chess programs, or just to play it. Try play with youreselfe when none wants to play . 

revolver
The name of the movie is revolver
IronRaven
revolver wrote: The name of the movie is revolver

 saw that one, good psichological movie Wink

revolver

Here is a clip where Jack Green talks about chess if anyone is interested

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=oBzwGgP05GE

janus
have any of you beat and or checkmated the computer without castling.