Please turn on javascript in your browser to play chess.
Only Chess Forum

Only Chess Forum

  1. Standard member lo2
    01 Aug '06 12:45
    I am quite new to chess. I have not really played it before. And becuase of that I am pretty bad at it. So do you know any where I could get taught how to play or some books or any advice or help?

    Thanks!
  2. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    01 Aug '06 12:47
    http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/
  3. 01 Aug '06 13:01
    hey...
    maybe you could keep playing here but "unrate" any new game you play.. so you'll learn from experiencing games with others and still enjoy..

    another tip.. if you play a new game.. NAME it.. as "beginner.. or new to chess.. etc.." this way.. ppl would know and maybe someone who be looking for you..

    i myself.. am a beginner and learned alot from playing here.. all the best!
  4. Standard member onyx2006
    onyx2007
    01 Aug '06 13:09
    Originally posted by jellyfish
    hey...
    maybe you could keep playing here but "unrate" any new game you play.. so you'll learn from experiencing games with others and still enjoy..

    another tip.. if you play a new game.. NAME it.. as "beginner.. or new to chess.. etc.." this way.. ppl would know and maybe someone who be looking for you..

    i myself.. am a beginner and learned alot from playing here.. all the best!
    how much can u learn in 6 games?
  5. 01 Aug '06 13:14
    you'll see how much i learned.. just in the next 6 games.. ony..
  6. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    01 Aug '06 13:35
    We're all beginners here, although some of us have been beginners for a long time.

    Play through classic games--those played by Morphy, Anderssen, La Bourdonnais, Steinitz, Staunton, Lasker. You'll get a feel for coordination of the pieces, control of the center, mobility, and other strategic themes. You'll also pick up some tactical ideas.
  7. 01 Aug '06 13:40 / 1 edit
    Do a search for "chess" on amazon.com or ebay.com. Or go to your public library and see if they have any books on chess.
  8. 01 Aug '06 14:03
    I think the best book for a beginner is "LOGICAL CHESS, MOVE BY MOVE" by IRVING CHERNEV. I read it twice and helped a lot. It is a must for a beginner.
  9. Standard member thesonofsaul
    King of the Ashes
    01 Aug '06 14:06
    Beware of studying the opening, though. That stuff is really meant for expert players. There is no opening that is winning every time, so don't worry about it. Just move your pieces, coordinate attacks, and you'll do fine. If you must study, study tactics--specific tricks of the trade like pins and forks--and endgames--I think you'll understand why it's important to know when a checkmate or a promoted pawn is in your future.

    Best of luck,

    thesonofsaul
  10. 01 Aug '06 14:47
    I would recommend "Chess for Juniors" by Robert M. Snyder as a first book.
  11. 01 Aug '06 14:51
    Originally posted by james47
    I would recommend "Chess for Juniors" by Robert M. Snyder as a first book.
    In addition to that, I would also recommend Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan
  12. Standard member onyx2006
    onyx2007
    01 Aug '06 15:22
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    In addition to that, I would also recommend Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan
    i've seen this Yasser Seirawan guy mentioned a lot here on RHP.

    Are his books worth getting? What should I get?
  13. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    01 Aug '06 16:54
    www.farehamchess.org.uk
  14. 01 Aug '06 17:15
    so as you see from the posts..

    "we do learn here".. and not only 6 games do teach a lesson.. ONE game just teaches alot especially if you try and understand each move your opponent is making.. watch.. and learn...
  15. 01 Aug '06 17:42 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by onyx2006
    i've seen this Yasser Seirawan guy mentioned a lot here on RHP.

    Are his books worth getting? What should I get?
    Well based on rating, you seem to be on the upper limit for the audience for Yasser Seirawan's books. They are generally meant for those under 1600. However, if you know you have a weakness (endgame, strategy, etc.) then you maywant to get the induvidual Seirawan book for it. On the whole however, you are probably to advanced for it.

    Just for your information, I believe his books are

    Play Winning Chess
    Winning Chess Strategies
    Winning Chess Tactics
    Winning Chess Endings
    Winning Chess Brilliancies
    Winning Chess Openings
    Winning Chess Combinations