Originally posted by divegeester
Ok that's it; i keep getting beaten, which as we all know is not polite nor pleasant. So I thought I would attempt to hide my pathetic attempt to glean the best tips from fellow members in this post.
If you were teaching a chess novice, and could only give them 3 pieces of game advice, what would they be?
3 Tips That have helped me:
1. Slow down! Too many mistakes are made by moving too fast. For each move, print out a copy of the board, and use a standard chess set (you know...with real pieces) to anaylize with.
2. Use your resources: If you have Informants, New In Chess, or access to an online database of games, these can be a helpful guide.
They'll help get you avoid opening blunders, and allow you to enter the middlegame with your pieces on good squares, and your king safely castled.
3. Become an opening specialist: Choose 1 opening for white, and 2 defences for black (1 vs e4 and 1 vs d4) Play and study only these.
Start compiling a database of games at the master level that use only the openings you play. This can be done in a card file, on computer disk, or a notebook
...and don't beat yourself up if you are not doing well. It's part of the process!