Originally posted by Millwall Bill
As a poor player, would the more experienced players on the forum recommend that I play through the games of the chess greats? Does this actually help the learning curve any more than getting hammered by half way decent players on this site? If you do recommend this, which players games would you suggest as being the most instructive for us strugglers? Sorry to keep asking for advice. Your help and patience appreciated as always.
Generally it would be more beneficial to study the games of earlier masters if one is a weaker player. The ideas behind the moves become more complicated as one progresses to study the games of stronger masters; I don't think that I can much understand the games of Fischer onward without extensive analysis. Many games at the lower level is decided by tactics. So I would recommend the games of Paul Morphy.
I should note that most improvement comes with experience; by knowing how to develop pieces while limiting the scope of a few of the opponent's pieces, one can do pretty well. I think much opening study is pretty irrelevent - aim to control the center of the board. And books aren't necessary for improvement.
Of course there is much more to chess than that... have fun.