Originally posted by Tiderius
I've known how to play chess since I was very young, but never "got into it". Having played a lot of other games I've finally had a draw to it and started reading around the internet about theory and such. This is my first game in years and I've got a few others going here. I actually lost quite quickly, but would like some critique lling me that I did everything wrong without any explanation won't help a bit.
There are a few basics to contend with here.
In sequence do the following
1. Control the centre with pawns;
2. Develop minor pieces (Knights and Bishops);
4. Rooks to centre or open file (say c or f after pushing those pawns).
Don't develop queen too early;
Don't move a piece twice until fully developed.
There are exceptions of course to every rule and you may need to react to your opponents threats. What jumped out at me most here was you made 5 Knight moves in the first 7 moves only to lose that Knight for an inactive undeveloped Bishop. That was pointless.
Of course 6. ... Nb5+ was a powerful move giving an easy win for black.