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Keyword Query: Chess Instructions
You're a beginner - or 'relative' beginner - and want some sort of guide, so you can learn to play Chess, better.

For your first port of call, head on over to our Beginners Chess Guide ... - Screenshots - Beginners Chess Guide

You can access it directly from the Navigation menu (to the left of this page), or, if you read to the bottom of this article, you'll find another route from the Recommended Links.

Once at the Beginner Chess Guide page, you'll find links to articles that'll help you learn the fundamentals.

Tell you what, on these Keyword Q&A articles, we usually leave the links until the very end. However, just for you, the following links will get you direct access to the individual articles that make up our Beginners Chess Guide:

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- Basic Chess Rules
- The Chess Pieces
- Chess Board Setup
- Annotated Chess
- Chess Board Zones
- Ranks And Files

- Basic Chess Moves
- Development
- Pawn Structure
- Chess Exchanges
- Chess Game Types
- Principle Of Space
- Principle Of Time
- Basic Chess Strategy

- Advantage Detection
- Error Management 1
- Error Management 2
- Attacking Play (Terms)
- Defensive Play (Terms)

[ SECTION I ] is a collection of the most-basic of your beginner-focussed Chess Instructions ...

I have a poor relationship with reading Rules, which is why the Basic Chess Rules are the briefest of brief points, interpreted from FIDE's Official Chess 'Handbook', which you can access directly from that page (Basic Chess Rules), should you want to know it all.

The remainder of [ SECTION I ] articles are much more-interesting than the standard-issue Rules.

Our Annotated Chess article is a MUST, as it's to do with understanding Chess Notation - specifically, the Algebraic Chess Notation system, which is used by FIDE, for recording moves, captures, etc., in all their Tournaments, as well as being the way examples of Tactics, Strategy, and so on, are explained in books and other Chess resources.

There's a lot to pack in, so take your time with the chess instructions throughout the Beginners Chess Guide.

Chess Tactics & Strategies

Once you've got a hang of the Beginner-focussed content, you'll want to start exploring Tactics and Strategies. - Screenshots - Chess Tactics Index

Personally, I found it easier to learn the Tactics first, as they're short actions to remember ... - Screenshots - Chess Strategies Index

Strategies, on the other hand - to borrow a saying from GM Max Euwe - "require thought", whereas "Tactics require observation" ...

You need to spend time understanding the principles behind the various Strategies, in order to work out your plan(s) for dealing with your next Chess opponent.

For instance, once you know 'where the Pieces go' and 'how to use Pawns', you're better equipped to decide which Opening will best fit your objectives.

Chess Glossary - Screenshots - Chess Glossary

Lastly, you'll find access to other chess instructions and articles in, or from, our Chess Glossary, which you can easily get to, with a link at both the very top and bottom of each webpage you visit.

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