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kingkiller 13 ( +1 | -1 )
teacher I'm looking for someone to teach me to play chess well. I'm very bad. Only checkmate move I know is th e 4 move checkmate
kingkiller 4 ( +1 | -1 )
oh and..... I would be willing to join a team
tulkos 2 ( +1 | -1 )
It would probably be a good thing to get a basic book on chess.
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kingkiller 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Theres no plaace theres no place i can the nearest bookstore where I live is with 30 miles and I can't drive
myway316 19 ( +1 | -1 )
check online... ...most of the major chess book dealers and regular bookstores let you shop online. Try Chess Digest thru ChessBase,the London Chess Centre,and Fred Wilson
kingkiller 3 ( +1 | -1 )
I have no money no way of making it and i don't own a credit card
myway316 3 ( +1 | -1 )
How about... ...the public or school libraries?
myway316 3 ( +1 | -1 )
How about... ...the public or school libraries?
superblunder 40 ( +1 | -1 )
no money? and you want some total stranger to take up the task of teaching you how to play chess well... well, someone might have the spare time, but learning chess takes time, lots of time, and effort...most teachers will want some compensation for their time. I suggest you get a basic intructional chess book for beginner's

(save your pennies.)
kingkiller 15 ( +1 | -1 )
not to play chess O.K. Mr .I know everything whats the smae know of the move where you sacrifice your queen to put your oppent into check mate
raimon 102 ( +1 | -1 )
kingkiller these people in their own way are giving you sound advice - I suggest that you listen to them.
We have all learnt from scratch at some time and there is no easy way - I believe that you should get yourself to a reasonable level before taking one on one teaching.
You obviously have internet access and even if you only come to this site there are plenty of games between higher rated players that you can play through. If you are a quick learner you will soon be imitating some of their moves and even starting to understand the reasons why they are played.
When you get to the stage when you are looking to choose an opening repertoire for yourself and learning about how important it is to plan ahead, a teacher may be of some benefit and because you have already done some hard work you will be more receptive and therefore get more value out of teaching sessions.
Remember that a teacher - pupil relationship is a two way street and you have to have the right attitude to benefit.
kingkiller 7 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm sorry I've had a bad day sorry people I'm just trying to learn that one move
atrifix 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Try joining a local chess club in your area or at your school. There are usually chessplayers who would be willing to help you.
kingkiller 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Well I've tryed the exprince approach and it hasn't worked well for me
Summary for kingkiller: (updated nightly) Member since: before Feb-2001
Type Rating (?) Games won Games lost Games drawn Total
Chess 780
4th percentile 17, 22% 57, 77% 0, 0% 74
kingkiller 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Well you see thats why I wanted to find one here because there isn't anyone else who plays chess in my area I checked I live in hicksville U.S.A.
raimon 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Quick checkmates do happen from time to time and it is very important to gain checkmating and combination skills, but patiently turning a slight positional advantage into a bigger advantage is the chessplayers bread and butter.
kingkiller 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Well then I need soemone to play where I can get deacent expircent
raimon 53 ( +1 | -1 )
One step at a time you are playing 12 games at the moment - play them patiently and slowly, when they finish see if you can identify the name and variation of the opening moves, and find a point where you think a mistake was made and see if you can find a better move.
After 12 games have finished you will find that you are starting to make some progress.
If you think that you need to play someone higher rated then challenge someone to a game.
The key even at a higher level is patience and learn one thing at a time.
kingkiller 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Challenge well since your arugments make so much sesne lets see if you can teach what you'ved preach if you know what I mean
kingkiller 7 ( +1 | -1 )
basically I want to see a 2000 plus player play (hint hint)
indiana-jay 194 ( +1 | -1 )

You can dig on chess for 2 objectives: (1) having fun, (2) improve chess skill. Maximum result for both cannot probably be achieved simultaneously. You can have fun by spending your time playing chess but with no significant skill improvement, or you can read books and significantly improve your skill but that probably ain't fun.

Those are just options for everybody.

For even higher rated players than you, suitable chess tutors are available online on many websites. You don't have time to read them? Well, you should know that it took all highly rated players years of effort (and valuable time or money) to master chess.

Was that easy for them? That’s easy only because they love chess. Those efforts won’t worth a dollar if they don’t love chess. Being a chess addict with 120 of IQ, no matter how hard you try you cannot be a GM. Okay you can be an IM, but you won’t make more money out of it than if you spend your time and effort for something proper like a proper study (120 of IQ is enough to become a director in a MNC).

It is quite difficult to find intelligent people with relatively unsuccessful life in their old age (if it is not because their terrible personality). But unfortunately you can easily find intelligent chess addicts with relatively unsuccessful life in their late age.

The good news is you’re still young and your chess skill is quite low. You still have many “invaluable” times to have fun with chess (before considering to become an addict). Your skill can significantly be improved in a relatively short time.

Challenge me, and I will try to explain the “What & Why” if possible. But I suspect that all needed by players of your rating is practice. It’s not because you lack the theory necessary, but because you don’t have “well-trained eyes”. But we'll see ;)
kingkiller 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Fine lets play chess
kingkiller 3 ( +1 | -1 )
but you need to challenge me my ratings too low...
indiana-jay 21 ( +1 | -1 )

Hmm... I think you are better than your rating. You just get excited with that "mate-in-two" approach. For having fun, that's absolutely fine. For developing combi instinct, that's also fine.
kingkiller 9 ( +1 | -1 )
my lower because I usally play 3 days to move and I had to go away for a wekk I had like a lot of games
raimon 37 ( +1 | -1 )
kingkiller your game with indiana-jay was effectively lost after 3 moves.
I'm not preaching I'm trying to help - slow down, 1 or 2 moves per game per day and try to understand the beauty of getting as many pieces as you can on good squares so that you can launch a co-ordinated and planned attack, rather than using just 1 or 2 pieces early on (which is always doomed to failure)
kingkiller 4 ( +1 | -1 )
yeah well... I guess it how you learn by the horrible art of pratice
raimon 40 ( +1 | -1 )
You can also learn by listening to experience - take my advice and play through some of cyrano's games and see if you spot why he wins so many.
If people didn't offer constructive critism they would be doing you no favours.
Chess is a fantastic game that caters for all temperaments - but cunning will usually win over uncontrolled brute force, so see if you can develop some subtlety into your play.
caldazar 179 ( +1 | -1 )
Some general observations, kingkiller 1. At the outset, both sides have an equal number of pieces at their disposal. Thus it is very unlikely that only two or three pieces working together will be able to overwhelm your opponent's position. You have many pieces available; try to use them all effectively in a game by having them work together to attack a specific target and overwhelm your opponent at that chosen target. If you find yourself attacking and your opponent is consistently stopping your attack, perhaps you need to bring additional forces to the point of conflict.

2. Don't give away pieces for free. Double check to make sure your opponent can't take any of your pieces for free, and similarly, do a quick check to see if you can win anything for free.

3. Keep your king safe and try not to expose it to attacks by your opponent.

4. Your opponent is trying to defeat you. Always understand what your opponent is trying to do so that you're never surprised by any attack that he may launch and so that you can take appropriate defensive measures if necessary.

5. Review all your games after you play them to try to figure out what mistakes were made by both players. At the very least, if the game was not a draw, try to find a mistake that you can identify as the losing mistake that cost a player the game.

6. Play slowly. has some information for players just starting out on improving their game. Be especially sure to check out their coaching handouts (fifth bullet down the list) on general principles, tactics, and strategy; the information should get you started.
clemens 76 ( +1 | -1 )
raimon Hmm, do you really think studying Cyrano's games will do a player of rating below 1000 much good? I think they would be way over his head.

To kingkiller: the best thing you can do at your level is to study tactics. Optimally you should get a beginner's tactical book and study it, but if you really don't have the money and/or opportunity to get one, here's a link with lots of checkmate and combination puzzles:

If you work through all the puzzles at novice level there, I'm confident your rating will see a nice jump up!

And, above all, have fun!
lorddreyfuss 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Small contribution

Good luck! :)
raimon 67 ( +1 | -1 )
clemens yes I do think that playing through the games of good chess players is helpful, there is no need to analyse or study them in any depth just get the feel of how pieces are developed and good positions are established.
Most club players learn a lot by observing the games of their top players.
One of the main learning priorities for lower rated players is to try and reach positions from the opening that give them a good chance of doing well in the game.
And yes I agree that having fun is what it's all about - but you tend to have more fun when you start to realise your potential, and like everything else that takes application.
furryfunbundle 455 ( +1 | -1 )
How to look at the chess board Kingkiller - first lesson (I only know one so do not hurry over this:-)

The chess board has its own logic (forget moves at the moment). Look at the board with the pieces in their starting position....Imagine two opposing camps preparing for battle but separated by a deep river running across the center of the board (The a4-h4 & a5-h5 ranks that is, the two middle rows of the chess board.).

How to get across the river then? Swim? Not practical with armour... find boats - maybe, find a bridge, yep, best idea and works for me...Look at the four center squares of the chess board (d4 & e4 & e5 & d5). Imagine these are a bridge crossing the river. Ok? How does this help?

Well, if you had free access to that bridge you could just arrange for your pieces to pass over it to the other side of the river, build a camp and press your attack. Problem is that takes more than several moves to get your bits across the bridge and... your opponent is not whistling Sweet Dixie while you do this. In fact, he will meet you move for move to make sure you do not get uncontrolled access to the bridge.

Do you remember the famous confrontation between “Little John” and “Robin Hood” at the river crossing? They had to face up to each other and contest the right to pass. In many ways "the" chess openings are like this famous river confrontation. Gain control of the bridge (center) of the board and you have effectively gained ground for the forthcoming battle.

To understand an opening (not the sequence of moves of "an" opening but to understand "the" opening is to understand you will not mate your opponent on move 3 or move 4 (in a real battle, does the general of the opposing side get taken out by a sniper on day one?) Realise that the first obligation of the game is to get your bits on to good squares... which squares? Of course, the bridge squares.

Each and every opening move you make should be to directed towards increasing your control of the central squares of the board (the bridge). It can be a pawn (notice how many openings place a pawn on the bridge e4 or d4, how many responses place a pawn on the bridge e5 or d5). Next come Knights, on c3 or f3 they add control to centre squares. Next bishops, next get the king safe, next move the queen somewhere so the two rooks can talk to each other, next move the rooks to d1 and to e1 so they add pressure to the centre and so on and so on.

That is what openings are about, getting bits to work together to get control of the key squares on the chess board to then build some form of outpost etc etc etc. Big generalisations but the analogy is true.

Work on the basic idea that every opening move should strengthen the argument about who is “best” in the center of the chessboard.

Consider placing a monetary value on each opening move you make. To put that more fully into context, when you move how much has that move been worth towards winning the centre?

Just like investing money and expecting a capital return, investing “chess moves” requires a “pay-back” and that payback is control of the center.

Of course, there is absolutely no reason why one cannot invest big bucks on moves like “a3” as a first step to making a fortune. Go to the casino and lump a dollop on a random square.

In chess though, as valid as a move like "a3" may be to start the game, it does little to get across that bridge Putting your money evenly over say “e4 or d4” is the smart money.

So that is the first fundamental rule of chess to use as a guideline (until you have good reason not to) – make every move count towards controlling the center. Unless there is a good clear reason why not to do so then do so. That is rules can be broken – but have a good reason ready if asked by your bank manager why you just blew big bucks on a silly bet!!

Part of this logic is not to move the same piece more than once without good reason. I have mentioned about it “costing” to move a chess piece. Now consider that it costs ten dollars to move a piece once, twenty dollars to move the same piece twice and thirty dollars to move the same piece three times and so on.

How much money have you got that you can afford to move the same piece lots of times?

Good luck… if you have read all of this and not fallen asleep then you have made some progress to being a better chess player.
tulkos 5 ( +1 | -1 )
very good! I like that analogy ver much, furryfunbundle!
raimon 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes Well Done Indeed! this will be of great help to players like kingkiller.