I've been playing and losing for years and years. I'm probably a 1000 rating in over the board,though I can't really say for sure because I've never had any rated games, but the rated players I've played all seem to roll over me around move 12 or so. At least that is where my game tends to fall apart. I've watched quite a few of Neil McDonald's videos on the English opening and it is the one I feel the most comfortable with, but that is far from saying I am any good with it. He is a bit complex for me to understand, so I was looking for easy to understand instruction that was broken down step by step. So technically I'm not a beginner, as I've been playing for 30 years, but I consider my game especially mid game and end game to be beginner like.