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  • Beginner's thinking

    Hi everyone...

    Would be thankful if people could read how as a beginner I am approaching, handling chess.

    I have very limited experience...but lately have been playing games online, playing with friends and playing my brother. Also I've been watching youtube tutorials too.

    Anyway...and keep in mind, I'm a novice...from what I gather and have learned...this is my basic set of guidelines:


    - I aim to protect pieces...for example...if I see a double threat on a piece, I look to place double protection on it. Not very dynamic I know...but at this stage I treat the opening very carefully.
    - I'll look to castle when the chance comes...or maybe I won't if I think I can handle the position for now.
    - I look for a weak move by the other player...and start to pressure that a little.
    - Basically I try to protect things and keep things level...I don't want to be in a position where I lose a knight for a pawn for example. If I am going to lose a knight, then I want to gain something of equal kind of value.
    - I'm conscious of pawn structure...doubling etc...but I find it tough to get together awesome pawn chains

    In the middle of the game:

    - I start to zero in on whatever I think is the weakest area of the other player...and start to get pieces in that area...or in positions to exploit that area
    - I base attack on whether I can sustain attacking pieces in an attacking position for a couple of moves or more...put them somewhere where they can't easily be taken.
    - Meanwhile if the other player makes good moves I can withdraw those pieces without losing everything or without making a net I try not to overextend
    - I just maintain the protection of what I have
    - I watch the moves of the other player...look for threats, chances etc

    the End

    - Because I'm a novice and I have been playing friends around my level I don't really have too much experience in true endgames...I either win or lose owing to collections of opening and mid game blunders...anyway I understand that the King is very useful here when few pieces are left...and it's all about calculations...and a thousand other things.

    Anyway...I suppose I would like opinions of my game I on the right track?


  • #2
    Personally, if you want a person with a solid rating of 857 over around 800 games, then you should read this portion of mine. If you are past that, then you might not want to put up with my nonsense hehe - anyways... My two pennies that I hope to earn so that I can make ends meet one day. Here goes. Doe not try to play it simple. I repeat "Do NOT play it simple." You want to plan on something along the line of sacrificing material gains for mating situations. What does it gain to have a huge net gain in material possession when you lose the game? Nothing, that is what!haha Anyways, sorry for joking all the time. I have this bad habit of trying to make light of a serious issue so that it does not make you bored out of your mind. Anyways - just go for it. Try different combination. Set up plans. For instance "See how you can capture the pawn in the center of your board." This might seem easy. However, you will find that you end up losing a lot of material just to achieve that goal.


    • #3
      Thanks very much...

      My main concern is to keep things balanced at the start of the game...I'm trying not to do dumb things like leave knights or bishops completely unprotected...which is what I used to do...complete beginner play...

      So I want to play against people better...and I know they have traps and plans for me that I wont even see...but just to get 15 moves into the game at aim is to protect pieces...don't leave them hanging...

      I guess I'm not being very clear...

      Anyhoo...thanks...and you are very funny


      • #4
        I do not know much more than that at my level. I hear of things like Center control. Light and Dark square bishops. Knights before Bishops (or is it the other way around?hehe) Don't know either way. Anyways - it is just too darn complex. I am nobody. It is hard. I am lucky if I get 1000 rating on a regular basis! I do not think much during the game. I have a short memory if you will. So I have no choice except to just play until the patterns get logged into my brains!


        • #5
          Right...well...I dunno either...I think I just have some basic rules that I use for my games...that I try to make work for me.


          • #6
            1. try to get as much of the center as you can. As white, if you can get in both e4 and d4, do so by all means.

            2. generally, knights before bishops but the important thing is that you get them *all* out, and get castled, pronto. You mentioned that you might no castle at all, but unless the queens are exchanged early, I’d get into the habit.

            3. excellent that you blunder check! Always try to look for mistakes by your opponent. That’s how chess games are won.

            4. I believe keeping it simple and sound in the opening at first is a good idea. if you start looking for “hot” plays like pawn or piece sacrifices, you get into bad habits that can be rather hard to break.

            Most of all, have fun!
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            • #7
              don't listen to skwerly... he doesn't contribute much and knows nothing at all - zero - nada - nil - null - etc. hehe

              just joking a bit

              anyways - the idea may seem contradictory - but just play it by ear and see how you feel

              if you think you can play complex moves now - have fun like skwerly said


              • #8
                Right...thanks Skewrly and God, I suppose Skewrly though that getting pieces toward the center and what not is pretty pointless unless they have some backup/ protection right? I can't just expect those pieces to hold the center with nothing more than the ugly looks on their faces...

                Or then again maybe in taking those ugly unprotected pieces in the center, the other player is falling into some kind of trap...who knows...
                Last edited by hello people; 03-22-2012, 07:25 AM.


                • #9
                  don't worry about it being a trap... sometimes - i just play for fun. i do not plan anything specific. sometimes i hang a piece. it is not always logical. hehe - like i would laugh just because i feel i need a pick up hehe


                  • #10
                    Sure, there are opening traps, and you’ll learn both how to play them and how to watch out for them as time goes on. Keep a solid pawn structure, get the pieces OUT and into play, and get castled. After that, you can pretty much wait for your opponent to attack you and watch for the blunders.
                    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale


                    • #11
                      listen to skwerly... the last post is pretty good in my humble opinion!hehe


                      • #12
                        Additional tips.

                        1.If you can sacrifice a pawn to expose his king under pressure in the center then do it.
                        2.When ahead in material exchange pieces not pawns.
                        3. Bishop is better than knight in open position.
                        4. If the center is close the usual course of action is the wings
                        5. To improve study(basics first) tactics, endgames, and middle games.
                        " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

                        -- Garry Kasparov--

                        "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

                        --- Garry Kasparov--


                        • #13
                          Great everyone...thanks a lot

                          I suppose I will just play, have fun, learn and practice


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hello people View Post

                            - I aim to protect pieces...for example...if I see a double threat on a piece, I look to place double protection on it. Not very dynamic I know...but at this stage I treat the opening very carefully.
                            I'm a beginner too, and this had been the approach I adopted. However, I'm only now seeing that this isn't enough. It's good to focus on development, but you really do need to give your opponent something to think about to - as the experts put it, 'develop with a threat'.

                            If you don't do that then the initiative is with your oppo, and that can be enough to lose a piece before you regain the initiative, if you ever do - it might just snowball into a rout that you can't contain.

                            I'm not saying go mad with a knight or bishop with a lone attack, but don't just passively develop your army. All you need is developing movement that can put a seed of doubt in your oppositions mind - enough to make him develop more quietly and maybe even lose a tempo.

                            Just the thoughts of another beginner!
                            "The most significant contribution to civilization since the invention of the wheel" Irving Chernev, on castling.


                            • #15
                              Open up with a center pawn. It's best to have two center pawns flanking each other, but always have at least one getting a foothold in the center.

                              Connect your rooks by move 10. Rapid development means everybody is ready to crash your opponent's party.

                              Always gangfight - use all your pieces and attack en masse. Never send one piece in to do a Rambo - it never works.

                              The king should be protected with the minimal number of pieces - mainly 3 pawns. No one stays home. Just like in Starship Troopers: "Everyone fights - no one quits!"

                              Whatever you do, fight for control of the center. It is the only area that is closest to every corner of the board.

                              Always grab the initiative. It means you have control of the game. Having control means pushing your will upon your opponent.

                              Tactics: it's not just for attack and breakfast anymore. It can be used as a defensive weapon - it makes the game so much easier when you know exactly what your opponent is up to, doesn't it?

                              Quick rule for piece activity (in order) in the endgame: Q - R - K - B/N. ALWAYS be active in the endgame.

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