Originally posted by Joe Burgess
Hello! Im new to Red Hot Pawn. Looks like a great place to learn and meet good people. Ive bin playing chess on and off for a while and Im really looking to learn this great game really well. .
Develop your pieces (generally don't move your pieces twice in the opening: center pawns, Knights, Bishops, then centralized Rooks, Q generally on second file , castle quickly (as possible) generally, play basic openings, and gambits (for example as white: Smith Morra e4 c5 d4 cd c3 dc Nxc). Learn the ideas behind each move, and basic traps, skewers, forks, discovery attack, the relative value of each piece. Don't trade off pieces without having reason to. Pawn structure isn't of importance right now, and I'd probably recommend learning only basic endgames, and mates, as you probably won't being seeing too many of those early. Learn from your mistakes, how to attack/defend, easier said than done, as you have to recognize them. Make sure all your moves have a purpose Most importantly, have fun!
Maybe if you post some of your completed games in the forum, some kind soul will properly analyse them.
(Edit: The next person who recommends books, tactical exercises, or memorizing openings to a n00b gets whacked.
Initially, playing the game, and proper post-game analysis is best.)