Originally posted by Demoz
Hello I have recently taken an interest in chess, however I am a complete newbie and I would like any help at all to become a moderate player, any advice or tip or help would be greatly appreciated ! Thank you !
Try with learning the basics: first be absolutely sure you know all the rules (not that en passant, stalemate, etc. occur that often but it is always nice to know). Learn the elementary mates: Q+K vs. K, R+K vs. K, B+B+K vs. K, K+R+R vs. K. Later you may pick up B+N+K vs K (that really is not that elementary). Look through as many games of the old masters as possible: while they lack the more subtle positional outmaneuvering of the contemporary grandmasters, they are a good start because they are full of tactical combinations and the motivations behind the moves are easier to understand. Play a lot of games. Always ask yourself before making a move: is there a threat to my position? what do I achieve with this move?
Review your games: try to see where you have played a bad move, and why the move is bad. Tactics is essential it may save you when nothing else can...Try improving that. I might recommend solving problems like mate in 2, mate in 3, etc for that purpose. It will also improve your skill at recognizing unlikely mates.
Ask others to analyze your games. Match it with your own analysis.