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  1. 25 Jan '07 01:55
    When i first started taking chess seriously, about a year ago, i decided that it would be an excelent idea to learn the death out of openings...
    Why not get an early advantage in a game by knowing the opening moves, right?
    well, i found out quick that i was wrong...
    my friends would leave book around move 2 and my lack of tactical, positional, etc. knowledge killed me
    i now know that i need to go back and try to start over learning tactics with online puzzles and the like
    however, i am finding some of the easy ones even being impossible...
    am i doomed?
    where do you go when you have no tactical foundations whatsoever?
    please don't reccomend books or sites where i have to pay some GM in norway for lessons, as I am broke
  2. 25 Jan '07 02:01
    Originally posted by rubberjaw30
    When i first started taking chess seriously, about a year ago, i decided that it would be an excelent idea to learn the death out of openings...
    Why not get an early advantage in a game by knowing the opening moves, right?
    well, i found out quick that i was wrong...
    my friends would leave book around move 2 and my lack of tactical, positional, etc. kn ...[text shortened]... don't reccomend books or sites where i have to pay some GM in norway for lessons, as I am broke
    Go to the library and get "Winning Chess Tactics" by Yasser Seirawan, will help you out no end.
  3. 25 Jan '07 02:10
    forgive the new kid in school, but where is the library?
  4. 25 Jan '07 02:23 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by rubberjaw30
    forgive the new kid in school, but where is the library?
    You're kidding, right? Maybe try the phone book? Your flag says the US.

    Anyway. One piece of advice. Before hitting the 'submit move' button make sure your queen is not en prise

    Game 1972936

    Do an 'unprotected piece scan' before you submit your move. In corr you can actually see the move before you commit to it.
  5. 25 Jan '07 02:30
    oh, wow...
    he meant the library in town...
    i got this weird thought that he meant that the site had a library...
    its times like this i feel happy that i can fall back on the "i'm an ignorant chess-playing redneck" excuse
    anyway, thanks for the book... will do...
  6. 25 Jan '07 02:35
    Originally posted by rubberjaw30
    oh, wow...
    he meant the library in town...
    i got this weird thought that he meant that the site had a library...
    its times like this i feel happy that i can fall back on the "i'm an ignorant chess-playing redneck" excuse
    anyway, thanks for the book... will do...
    There are various online alternatives, but Yassers book is first class.

    Get the demo of CT-Art 3.0 from here, that will also help you improve rapidly.

    http://www.convekta.com/downloads.asp
  7. 25 Jan '07 02:39 / 1 edit
    i'd say opening is important , at least know these 4

    roy lopez
    sicilian
    nimzo indian
    queens gambit
  8. 25 Jan '07 02:46
    Originally posted by Ason Pigg2
    i'd say opening is important , at least know these 4

    roy lopez
    sicilian
    nimzo indian
    queens gambit
    Ruy Lopez....

    I can honestly say I only know one of those openings in any real depth.
  9. 25 Jan '07 02:49
    Oh I get it now. Anyway, be sure to look at your move before you submit. Hanging your queen does happen OTB but really shouldn't in correspondence chess.
  10. 25 Jan '07 02:55
    hey about try to invent an opening of your own?
  11. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    25 Jan '07 06:00
    Originally posted by Von Bardeleben
    hey about try to invent an opening of your own?
    I dont se the point of ignoring theory.
  12. 25 Jan '07 08:40
    try to read free articles from the web. for example, i like Heisman's Novice Nook series: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/danheisman/Articles/Novice_Nook_Links.htm
  13. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    25 Jan '07 11:18
    Originally posted by Ason Pigg2
    i'd say opening is important , at least know these 4

    roy lopez
    sicilian
    nimzo indian
    queens gambit
    The Nimzo Indian and Queens Gambit are both avoidable. Try the Benoni for example.

    The Ruy Lopez and Sicilian are both complex and exhaustively analysed. You cannot know all of them. I have been playing Kings Gambit so only need to focus on RL as black. Try and adopt more forcing lines so you don't need too much theory (they may not be the best lines for GMs but they are for you, because less theory is involved). I have therefore been focusing on and playing the RL Open as black and the Morra Gambit (against the Sicilian) as white. In both these openings my knowledge is usually better than my opponents as it is in the Kings Gambit and Benoni.

    These 4 openings cover the overwhelming majority of games played against me but as white you also need to explore lines against the Caro Cann and French. As black you will face the GP and Scotch most often after the RL but these 4 openings will only comprise 20% of your games so work on the others first. As a novice try and avoid the RL as white. Maybe your style doesn't include the KG in which case try the Scotch.
  14. 25 Jan '07 11:24
    go to CTS and start solving
  15. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    25 Jan '07 14:06 / 1 edit
    first read this through, so you'll know what tactics are.
    http://www.chesstactics.org/


    then go to CTS, so you'll learn how to spot them. at first you'll suck phenomenally at it, but slowly you'll learn to see more, faster, and more accurately. and when you get a problem wrong, always work out why your solution was inferior to the correct solution.
    http://chess.emrald.net/index.php