CHESS FOR DUMMIES

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  1. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    I had little if any respect for my father
    However
    Dad was a Chess Life Master..
    All twelve of us(except mom) played
    Then came the navy(1957)
    Haven't played since....
    Started watching The Queens Gambit.
    Time togo after my child hood...
    Any players here
    I'll need to start from (dot)
    How's bout a good text
    (?)
     
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  2. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    I play my dad on an app, ever since the first lockdown back last March we have played game after game after game.

    He almost always beats me but sometimes if I’m really paying attention I get a winning streak, but normally not for long.

    The app does have lessons and helpful tips and stuff but I just play him
     
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  3. nadzab

    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    I'm far from an expert and the more complex strategies escape me, but I enjoy playing.
     
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  4. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member

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    I like playing chess, but I haven't played in a while, and I've always been a casual player..
     
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    dante1963 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I love chess. Unfortunately I’m even worse as a chess player than a guitar player.

    About, I dunno, 15 years ago or so, I spent a year really studying the game, and a friend and I played every tournament within two hours of St. Louis for that entire year. It averaged about two a month.

    Studied the game every day, analyzed famous games. Worked on tactics, openings, endgames, the whole bit.

    The first couple of tournaments my rating got set at about 1200. That’s...lets go with “crappy.”

    A year later, I got it up to 1300. Still lousy. But a little less lousy.

    Then I played at the biggest tournament of the year. Five games, several days, Classic time rules. Players came from all over to compete. Everyone from Masters to total beginners.

    My first game, I played an 87 move, 5 and a half hour draw.

    Exhausted, I turned to my chess friend who had watched the end of the game.

    He told me that on the 86th move—which I had spent over a half hour thinking about—I blew a clear win. He showed me and it was obvious.

    By the end of the weekend I had gone 0-4-1 (one draw, four losses) and my rating was back to 1200.

    And I knew I had played my last tournament game.

    Chess is the hardest thing I’ve ever tried. It’s the only thing that the more you learn about it, the harder it gets. It doesn’t get easier the better you get, it gets harder, because there is more to think about.

    As for The Queen’s Gambit, it is one of my 10 favorite books, and I thought the mini-series was perfect.

    I love chess. But it makes the frustrations of trying to learn the guitar look like a walk in the park.
     
  6. Danny D

    Danny D Strat-O-Master

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    I don't play the game but have always been fascinated by the specific openings that the masters use. Can you elaborate on openings? What opening should a complete beginner use?
     
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    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    Sorry.

    The only chess I know refers to One night in Bangkok.
     
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    Danny D Strat-O-Master

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    That story is great! It sounds like the gopher hole that players that want to play like Allan Holdsworth fall into.
     
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    Danny D Strat-O-Master

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    Hi, I missed the reference. That's my bad, not yours.
     
  10. Ferpie

    Ferpie Senior Stratmaster

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    Im playing chess a lot, chess books are hard to read if you don't know chess abbreviations. Best way to start is to do a lot of chess puzzles, they make you think in a chess way and play a lot of games. Nothing under 10 minutes tho, you don't want to get the bad habit of not thinking through your moves and become lazy
     
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    Cali Dude Senior Stratmaster

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    I played "Chess" as a kid, and started playing again three years ago on chess.com.. It's a great game. It helps me keep my mind sharp. ( Which isn't too sharp, haha).
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    There was a group of kids playing when I was in sixth grade elementary school. No one in my family or other friends ever played more than checkers on that grid of sixty-four squares.

    I learned the basics there and played random games since. Sargon III on the old Apple II was tough in the 1980s. Did some other chess game in the mid 1990s. Bought a couple of books twenty years ago and studied. Built a couple of wood chess sets and boards from scratch. I can keep up with my teenagers now though they are pretty clever players.

    The Queens Gambit was a good 'date night' for my wife and I, she never had any interest in the game but she enjoyed the series.

    A great use for scrap lumber left over from guitar builds:



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  13. Danny D

    Danny D Strat-O-Master

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    Completely cool post!
     
  14. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    How long ago was 1957...
    My last board..
    I believe neophyte
    Could apply...
     
  15. Danny D

    Danny D Strat-O-Master

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    I have to decipher your cryptic post before I add additional text.
     
  16. Chuck8436

    Chuck8436 Senior Stratmaster

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    It's been way too long since I've played an actual game of chess with a person. I haven't played real chess since I was in the chess club at school in like 2007/2008. Last time I played online chess was with this female I was talking to in high school. She took very long to think of her moves and I was used to playing with a clock, so I made my moves quickly and beat her. She accused me of using some kind of cheating software. She was super immature about it. Cut contact with her after that
     
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    Murphy by Samuel Beckett
     
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    I used to play casually, but my strategy is about as refined as is my play at Hungry Hungry Hippos.
     
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  19. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

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    I like to play…..at chess.com
    You can play against real people or computer generated, at all levels. There are tips, and challenges.
    And, you can play for free!
    I recommend it to you @thomquietwolf
     
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    dublindave8456 Senior Stratmaster

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    sign up to
    lichess
    online, and off ya go,