Biggest frustration/challenge as a beginner?



I was wondering, what is the biggest frustration or challenge you have met when trying to improve your chess skills? 

I'm thinking about making an online course for beginners in chess, so any answer would be very uselful!



Board blindness when you can't see that bishop hiding in the corner, or forks with the knight splitting 2 pieces you'd swear we're safe

I was watching hundreds of videos on chess strategy and openings but my tactics were so far behind that it wasn't doing much.


1)To find correct guidance... I'm glad deidreskye made me realise what i was missing... tactics and slow games 2)Strategy... i often get confused between strategy and tactcs and make blunders like giving away queen (i did it in almost 25% of my games) 3)Endgames- every beginner find endgame EXTREMELY booring (me included) I practice then but never read something related to endgame 4) Pawn structure, i still dont know how to survive too many pawns in opening 5) And worst of all we beginners make moves without thinking in opening and blunder


Even in my last blitz game , i sacrificed queen


As I've been teaching beginners at my local club (not professionally, mind you), I've found there are two main difficulties:


1) Overloading them with too many game concepts.  Beginners need to learn the rules, and the basic checkmates first, and only after they stop hanging pieces can they move on to tactics and positional play.

2) Properly challenging gameplay - an ideal learning environment would pit beginners against players 200-400 Elo points ahead of them.   This is close enough for a player to pick up on what the better playing is doing, and to incorporate similar concepts into their own game.


The main trap many beginners fall into is to go completely defensive on account of making too many mistakes.  They tend to fall into "safe", formulaic openings and wait for opponents to blunder in front of them, and that causes one's game to stagnate.


Most of the C-rank players I know play a clean style, a sound positional opening, and keep their king well-protected and pieces well-connected.  Their fondness for safety prevents them from taking the next step, and creates a fundamental disadvantage of tempo.


Thank you so much for your answers! Good points and a big help happy.png


well mine is I can win 4 - 8 games in a row then out of no where I lose the next 8 or more and its with the same rated players that Iam rated


Maybe you can study old lines that curtently doesn't playing. You will have a little advantage.

Most of my win games, are from Bowlder attack, as a Sicilian variation.

Good luck with oldies.


I literally don't see the board😂

The sheer volume of information and resources out there. One does not know what to read/watch/study or whom to listen to.


Start the beginners in late middle game and early endgame positions.  As a lot of beginner games are won and lost on the early blunder, the endgame is played less often but I find/found the space of endgames allows for easier to see tactics and can help develop tactics faster than the more complicated positions early in the game.  It also begins their development of endgame skills which will be a critical step in improving later on.


That was my suggestion.  There are two frustrations


1.  Time availability.  To get better you have to use your time studying tactics rather than actually playing.  The fun is in the playing for most people. 


2.  Acceptance of skill level and the nature of improvement in chess.  As you improve in chess, generally the level of skill of your opponents increases with you (which is a good thing) as you play people in your skill range.  It means you have to accept that you are going to lose half your games.



catastrophic blunders

Biggest frustration? Silly old me. Can't blame anyone else.


The biggest cause of frustration that I have observed in beginners is that they, and their teachers, don't spend enough time of simple 1 and 2-ply tactics, before rushing on to more complex subjects. If the student keeps making the same counting errors, or leaving his pieces en prise, chess will continue to be a series of frustrations. Teaching the beginning player to look for and recognize simple tactical threats--and opportunities!--on every move, will do more to speed his progress than all the advanced concepts in the world


Good points, Micky...