How do you get good at Chess?

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  1. Goonerview

    Goonerview Gold Belt

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    Someone in here started a thread about chess a couple of weeks back, since that thread I made an account on chess.com and have been playing a LOT since then.

    I understand the basics, importance of controlling the centre, the value of pieces, how to fork and pin pieces. But my openings absolutely suck ...

    My rating on the website is always just below 1200 ... can never get enough consistency to get above that.

    My main problem is my openings, if I can get through the first few moves without completely f**king up and getting exposed, I'm usually good to go and have a decent chance of winning ... but a LOT of the time, against anyone decent, I get my ass handed to me in the first few moves on my poor openings.

    How do people get good at chess? Particularly openings?? Is it through memorisation?? Any advice appreciated.
     
  2. AgeofEmpires2**

    AgeofEmpires2** Silver Belt

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    Buy Chessmaster

    Do the lessons

    ?????????

    Profit
     
  3. Fatt Hughes

    Fatt Hughes Brown Belt

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    I'm assuming practice, especially with really good players. Some people are just naturals at the game though.
     
  4. Dark God

    Dark God Green Belt

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    Couldn't play chess if my life depened on it....now pocket pool that's a different story.
     
  5. Lone Coyote

    Lone Coyote Green Belt

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    The same way you get good at bjj
     
  6. Rhood

    Rhood Gold Belt

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    Learn how to master the knight pieces.
    They have the most unusual & awkward movements in the game, but sometimes can be unpredictably threatening when utilized properly.
    The first two years I started playing chess, I absolutely hated using knights until I realized how effective they were when I played against higher skilled players.
     
  7. heavyarms21

    heavyarms21 Ryozanpaku Belt

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    Go to park and get whooped by the regulars
     
  8. SammyPops

    SammyPops Gold Belt

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    Getting respectable- not even good- at chess is a 2nd job bro.

    Study, practice, do puzzles, play, take lessons (group or private).

    that game is not for the weak of heart.
     
  9. Beable

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    I am at the level you are at and I hate studying openings. But really your post answered itself. You need to study some openings. Learn one really well and start all your games with it. I would suggest either a king or queen pawn start. Play the games on chess.com that let you have a lot of time between moves and then learn what openings people are using against you. Usually the first few moves have known acceptable variations. Get scid or a similar program and work through openings.

    Good luck. I pretty much just do tactics problems at this point.

    Googling revealed this article that looks fairly legit:

    http://www.chess.com/article/view/study-plan-for-beginners-the-opening2
     
  10. nihilistxn85

    nihilistxn85 Blue Belt

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    by playing
     
  11. equus

    equus Horse Belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    yeah. play chess.
     
  12. equus

    equus Horse Belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    get a free app on your phone. play.
     
  13. Victor Maitland

    Victor Maitland Brown Belt

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    "tChess lite" is a nice chess app for phones .
    you can always play in a spare moment by having a phone app .
     
  14. Krav McGraw

    Krav McGraw Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Stop playing before it consumes your life.

    Otherwise, play the same opening every time and learn the different variations of it. Spend half your time playing and half studying. Studying should include books, online tutorials, and looking over pro matches.

    If you are an e4 player then you have to know the Ruy Lopez (or King's Gambit), Sicilian, and French at the very least. That's a ton of knowledge right there.

    As black I would recommend just learning two defenses - one against e4 and the other against d4. I studied the French and the Dutch for a long time and those became my go-to defenses.
     
  15. PabloZed

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  16. RoadKing Custom

    RoadKing Custom ___________________ Platinum Member

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    If you have an account on Chess.com you don't need a phone app (use Chess.com's app)..
    There is a Sherdog group on Chess.com, challenge your Sherbro's that are there already.
    Study openings.. review the other thread you mentioned, there are lot's of resources mentioned in that thread.
     
  17. Tankeray

    Tankeray The Progeny of Beast of Woe

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    This. They're tricky motherfuckers.
     
  18. Like A Bas

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    Getting rolled over in the first few moves is no fun. Study openings via google + your brain. Chess is way more interesting when you can get to the middle game at relative parity.
     
  19. Matt

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    Here are the secret answers you seek:

     
  20. n...not crazy

    n...not crazy Red Belt

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    After getting whipped about 100 times you will begin to see patterns. If you can't figure out how to avoid them, the going will be tough. How many moves is it taking to get abused?
     

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