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Complete learner

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Complete learner

64 yrs man - never learnt the game how do I learn?

Comments: 16    

1. Zahnarzt says: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It's usually hard for an older player to learn to play chess well. Players of any age benefit from studying books, but you'll never see an overnight immediate improvement. But as time goes by there'll be an increase in your playing strength. My advice is to look at a few books and see what you like. Collections of combinations are very good for improving your vision of the board several moves ahead and awakening your mind to hidden possibilities in a position. Also endgame knowledge can give you some easy wins. Some endgame books are dry and too boring to read if you're playing just for fun, but others are instructive and also interesting. But the endgame is important - that's where you either know how to seize the win or you don't. My favourite endgame books are Portisch and Sarkozy "Six Hundred Endings" and Mednis "Practical Endgame Lessons". Don't be lured into over studying openings books. There are way too many of these potboilers on the market and you can spend hours studying them without increasing your strength or more importantly your enjoyment of the game. Remember also that practice makes perfect and if you just play without any study you'll become perfect at making the same mistakes! Good luck and most importantly, enjoy yourself.

2. PK4-Tex says: Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I agree with Zahnarzt, I caould not have said it better myself! One book I would like to add to his list though is "How To Reasssess Your Chess 3rd edition" by Jerry Silman. There may even be a 4th edn available by now. A quick tip on how to find these books, if you like physically owning them, then by all means buy the hard copy, but it's often cheaper and easier to find them online. In most cases you can find a free download of your desired litriture on sites such as ebooks and the like. I myself have 3 books that I have downloaded from the internet and I have had no problems with doing so, all the best and happy hunting on the chessboard, Paddy

3. ANZARBOND says: Friday, February 18, 2011
I learn basic chess on chesshere.com ; Steel my i am learning and understanding chess throw chesshere.com. I think chess learning in any age is not dificult but to remind the tictics and the undrstand the viariation of the game is deficult in any age.

4. KBG says: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Play more chess. Nothing is equivalent to playing more chess as it automatically enhances your skills ! Book reading is required but nothing is equivalent to realtime chess games experience ! :-) You should have a blend of realtime and book reading experience ! Cheers, Karthik Balaguru

5. rsgagne says: Friday, March 04, 2011
If your an absolute beginner, I would even suggest Chess for Dummies book. It has some surprisingly good information about how to start, and how to continue on after you learn the basics.

6. ANZARBOND says: Friday, March 25, 2011
I suggest a good practice take a chess opening ebook from Mr..Arunchess and practice alone on chess board when you learn the all variation of the opening then you utilize it on chesshere.com.

7. JoME says: Sunday, March 27, 2011
yeah I'm 50 and have just started playing. a bit intimidating.

8. Marum says: Sunday, June 19, 2011
I am 67 and I have come back to chess after an an absense of 50 years. ( I played competion in my High-School years) I do not include the games I played with friends over a bottle of wine, or strip-chess with a member of the fairer sex. First I played p - e4 until I got a feel for the run of play again. Then i studied a couple of openings, then a bit of end-game. So far my rating is between 1400 and 1500. So it is back to the book again,at a slightly higer level this time. Mate it's "poco a poco" as the Spanish say. Don't expect instant results. Little by little is the translation. Be happy to improve slowly, but above all enjoy the game. Regards......Marum. (Die schachspielen Katze.)

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