Originally posted by Nordlys
Seconded. It helped me through the first stages of complete confusion, and there's still a lot to learn from it when you have come a bit further. Much easier to use than a book in my opinion.
Agreed. Newbies should start with that. Beautifull tutorials, especially in Josh Waitzkin Academy. You will learn healthy fundamentals and avoid a lot of confussion. I pass again that tutorial every 3 months as a refresher of tactical devices, strategical plans, opening principles...
And some of examples there are unbelievable. You move your knight on the corner of your kingside and you collapse your opponent position on the opposite site of the board. It is my dream to be able to spot that butterfly-hurricane effect in my games.
Most important, in that course you feed yourself with important knowledge while feeling hunger and will to learn even more, and more.
Very nice for beginners. But not only for them. Lot of players tells that cmx tutorials are for beginners only. But I would like to see even 1900 player who wouldn't benefit from Endgame course, or series of annotated master games.
As for books, after passing the tutorials, maybe Logical Chess move by move. Because it is explained move by move in easy and charming way.