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You're new to the game and want some beginner-focussed guides that'll help you play Chess, properly.

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Learn To Play Chess: Overview

How you approach this, depends on your personal learning style ...

Some people like to learn a bit (rules, moves, etc.), then play a bit; then, once they've got to grips with one topic, they go back to learn some more.

Others prefer to read and understand all the Rules, first; then they feel ready to start playing and exploring what they've just learnt.

Furthermore, different people start learning to play Chess with different levels of knowledge ...

Some may be totally unaccustomed; possibly they only know the shapes of the Pieces and recognize the Chessboard by its checkered patter, for instance ...

Others maybe know a little more, such as how the Pieces move and capture, but want to increase their understanding of the basics and learn to play chess more-effectively, with the addition of tactics and strategy to their knowledgebase.

Whatever your "new-to-chess" status; however much you already know (or need to know); you'll find plenty of beginner-focussed resources from our snappily-titled Beginners Chess Guide.

This is a collection of guides, tips and advice that I found useful, when I was at your stage ... They helped me to learn to play chess, better, and provided a springboard for adding tactics and strategies to my own knowledgebase of Chess.

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You'll find the subjects split into 3 groups, or sections:

  • { SECTION I }

    This section groups together the most-basic of beginner-focussed articles.

    • You'll get to skim over some basic rules of Chess;

    • There's an introduction to the individual Chess Pieces;

    • Discover how to setup the Chessboard - both where the Pieces go, as well as knowing that there is a wrong way up!

    • The Chessboard is further dissected, as you learn about the different Chess Board Zones, as well as the difference between Ranks and Files.

    • Finally, there's the Annotated Chess guide, which helps you understand how moves, captures, and the like are recorded, during games of Chess.

  • { SECTION II }

    This group of articles deals with basic concepts of Movement and Development of your army. This is where you properly start to learn to play chess.

    Here's what's covered:

    • Basic Chess Moves is pretty much as the title suggests - you get to see how the Pawns and Pieces move. You'll also see the way they capture the enemy units, plus discover the Special Moves that some possess;

    • Development looks into 8 different aspects related to the Development of your army;

    • Pawn Structure introduces General Formations, plus points out the difference between Good Pawns versus Weak Pawns;

    • The Exchange is to do with 'Swap-offs' or, if you prefer, the act of 'Trading' material;

    • Chess Game Types shows you when conditions on the Chessboard make it preferable to retain your Knight(s), over your Bishop(s), and vice versa;

    • The Principle Of Space will help you to adopt a different, more-patient, positional Strategy, than simply trying to go out and capture all that you see, as quickly as possible;

    • The Principle Of Time focusses on 'Development' ... Or, to be more specific, on how efficient a player is in developing their army - especially during the Opening phase;

    • The Basic Chess Strategy attempts to wrap-up and consolidate what you've learnt up to this point, covering Basic Moves, Special Moves (like Castling & Pawn Promotion), etc.


    This final group is a collection of additional articles, tips and advice to help you improve your basic understanding of Chess, including how to identify advantages on the Board, as well as Errors to avoid making.

    The sections include:

    • Advantage Detection shows you how to determine where advantages lie for both you and your opponent, so you can figure out who holds the overall advantage, at any point, during your game;

    • Error Management 1 - Big Errors and silly little Mistakes can quickly lead to a loss of material, or allowing your opponent to gain greater positional superiority on the Board - sometimes BOTH, together. See what not to do, here;

    • Error Management 2, which is just an overspill of mistakes and stuff to avoid, as Error Management 1 was getting stupidly long;

    • Attacking Play (Terms) and Defensive Play (Terms) round of Section III;

That lot should keep you busy for a few days. At the end, you should be ready to up the ante, adding Tactics and Strategies, to the basics you'll have learnt. But, all in good time, eh?

So, you ready to learn to play chess? Click the following link, to our Beginners Chess Guide ...

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