Originally posted by anthias
Which one should be studied first? (Which one did you study first?)
-Openings (as in understanding the concept of it, not memorizing-it will come later)
-Middlegame strategy (as in all of Silman's books and the GAMBIT Publications books-in my opinion anyway)
-Tactics (solving problems and... solving more problems)
I ask this because I reali ...[text shortened]... g which one to study first. So I study all of them in bits, but forget the information quickly.
I disagree with both of the other two.
Opening Principles - See my post in Thread 50887
. That is really all you need to know for now.
Endings - be sure that you can execute any of the mates with just pieces and king vrs. king. It's not really necessary to be able to perform B + N + K vrs K, just look that up if you ever need it (it is a good exercise in piece coordination though). Finally a little bit of study of R + pawn vrs R games would be useful.
Middlegame - Basic middlgame strategy is in 2 parts. 1. Do I have a plan (at a 1200 level, attack the king may be sufficient)? 2. Are my pieces active (do they perform a useful function, or do your pawns block them)? Place your pieces so they are active and play in that area of the board, don't drop pieces and you're fine.
Tactics - Not dropping pieces/ pawns and conversly winning materiel off your opponent will decide 90% of your games. Therefor this is the most important section. Understand the basic ideas in the 3 areas of the game, execute basic mates, then study tactics tactics and more tactics (this is one of my many great deficiencys).