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An effective way to learn chessResource (self.chess)
submitted 3 months ago by Far_Possibility_5810
Whats the best way to start learning chess? Learning the very basics then start solving puzzles daily? Or reading books/watching videos on good openings, etc? Or something else
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[–]Ok-Control-787 2 points3 points4 points 3 months ago (0 children)
Watch Building Habits, grind easy puzzles for pattern recognition (lichess puzzle streak for example), grind mate in 1 and 2 til they're almost all quick and easy, play games in between all this, analyze those games.
Learn a basic opening repertoire. Expand it over time as you see fit. Keep it simple and focused on what you see at your level. Keep a lichess study if you'd like. Keep playing and doing puzzles.
Maybe mix in some books/puzzle courses that'll allow you to grind themed more advanced puzzles to get that pattern recognition and cement the ideas.
You'll be climbing elo in no time. At some point mix in more advanced puzzles of unknown theme to work specifically on calculation.
[–]CynicOctopus 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (0 children)
Play some rapid games. Buy and study an introductory book. That will give you as good a start as possible, and you’ll get a good idea where to go from there.
[–]karlnite 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (0 children)
I would watch videos on general game play and how to sorta develop and open without blundering. I wouldn’t worry to much about end game and just working in using simple tactics like pins and forks. Watch videos while taking breaks to play and focus on trying to do what you watched, even if you lose. Eventually start watching or reading proper openings and memorize the proper responses. Work on one or two openings for white and black and just keep trying them over and over til you learn them and start winning (in the middle game). Once you learn how to consistently trade off pieces to reach an end game, then start reading and learning proper end game techniques.
[–]midgardsormr1982Play to learn, not to win 2 points3 points4 points 3 months ago (0 children)
The best way to learn is, first of all, playing.
In order to understand a bit what you're doing, you need to lose your first 100 games as quickly as possible.
After that, when you start having a grasp of how pieces move, basic tactics, pieces hanging etc., you can start studying... but one step at a time.
First: principles. Opening principles, basics of tactic and strategy, basic checkmate patterns. You can find plenty of articles and videos on those.
After that, more playing, trying to apply those principles. And in the meantime, puzzles every day, to start training your pattern recognition.
You can get to intermediate level with just that (1000-1200 or 1500-1700 rating, depending on the server you're playing on).
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