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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:47:02
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Yoda, I wanna learn chess. Grinning
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What do you know already?  In the mean time, here's one thing you ought to know that you probably don't -- coordinates

Chess coordinates


This is how to communicate.

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I know the basic movements of pieces, I know coordinates as well. But that's it. What I would like is to play games with someone who knows what's doing and that knows enough chess theory to guide me in the process of actually becoming a better an actual player.

I can start a match, but will quickly lose focus and have never managed to stay focused in a game for long enough to get past the initial set-up process, much less to come up with strategies or actually developing my own playstyle.
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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 02:04:20
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What should I be looking at other than the rows of pieces and two white stripes in the middle of them?
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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 02:17:22
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SteelAttack said:
I know the basic movements of pieces, I know coordinates as well. But that's it. What I would like is to play games with someone who knows what's doing and that knows enough chess theory to guide me in the process of actually becoming a better an actual player.

Excellent.  A lot of players suggest starting by learning the endgame, but myself, I'm partial to understanding the opening as a method to understanding the rest.

A chess game is broken down into 3 parts: The opening, the middlegame and the endgame.  They aren't hard lines, just general concepts.

The opening - Develop your pieces (knights, bishops, castle)
The middlegame - Improving position and material - most pieces in play
The endgame - Few pieces remaining, king enters the game, main goal is to queen a pawn

In the opening, the idea is to get your pieces into positions so that they attack many squares (control the centre).  Pawns are there to support your pieces and disrupt your opponent's development, and are not developing moves unto themselves.

The most common opening is 1. e4 (move the pawn from e2 to e4), because it opens lines for the bishop and queen, the pawn attacks d5 and f5, and supports development of the kingside knight.  Alternatively, the worst opening move is 1. f3, as it blocks development of the kingside knight, hinders development of the queenside bishop, and weakens the kingside position..

The best way to improve I think is to pick a common opening such as 1. e4, as well as common continuations such as the Ruy Lopez (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5) and just play that over and over, and you'll naturally begin to anticipate moves, and get the idea of playing with many other moves in mind without being aimless.

Honestly, you'll find against the vast majority of players, if you just know how to do proper openings, you'll win the game before you even have to think.

Anyway, that's a start.  I'll be glad to play and help out.  The best way would probably just be Skype + Yahoo Games.


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What should I be looking at other than the rows of pieces and two white stripes in the middle of them?

No LOL

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I've dug up an old procedure I wrote for a friend for the same purposes.  It's a bit cumbersome to start, but by following it step by step, it gets you in the habit of looking at the entire board, and avoiding stupid mistakes like hanging a piece that are excessively common for beginning players

Chess Move Procedure

1. What was your opponent's last move?

2. What pieces can the piece moved now attack?
     Don't just look, procedurally point out every square to which it can move

3. How many other of your opponent's pieces are attacking those squares?

4. How many of your pieces are protecting any attacked squares?

5. If there is no immediate threat posed by that piece, generally look for any threat.

6. Choose a prospective move on your own

7. How many pieces can attack the square to which you plan to move?

8. How many of your pieces can protect that square?

9. Take a second look for possible moves and repeat if necessary

10. Move

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Here is what you do. You will need an advanced chess book and some whiskey.

Sit yourself down in front of a chess board. After a few moments, the mundane nature of chess will cause you to beat yourself to death, with the book.

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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:34:19

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Here is what you do. You will need an advanced chess book and some whiskey.

Sit yourself down in front of a chess board. After a few moments, the mundane nature of chess will cause you to beat yourself to death, with the book.

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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:40:56

Or train with her.

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Then you can always stare at her breasts.

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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 20:20:20

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What do you know already?  In the mean time, here's one thing you ought to know that you probably don't -- coordinates

Chess coordinates


This is how to communicate.

 Oh I get it, so chess is like Battleships?  This is going to be a lot easier than I thought.

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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 10:57:01
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Anyway, apparently a 19 year old just became the number 1 battle ship player:
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6027

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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 17:37:44
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Anyway, apparently a 19 year old just became the number 1 battle ship player:
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6027

Not sure how it is that you're reading chessbase, but yes, Magnus Carlsen has been on a ridiculous tear.  He's supposedly been training with Garry Kasparov this past year, and has gone from consistently finishing in the upper scorers in tournaments to consistently winning.

Note that's #1 in FIDE ratings, but Viswanathan Anand is the current FIDE World Champion.

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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 17:57:13

Yodariquo said:
Foolz said:
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LOL

Anyway, apparently a 19 year old just became the number 1 battle ship player:
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6027

Not sure how it is that you're reading chessbase, but yes, Magnus Carlsen has been on a ridiculous tear.  He's supposedly been training with Garry Kasparov this past year, and has gone from consistently finishing in the upper scorers in tournaments to consistently winning.

Note that's #1 in FIDE ratings, but Viswanathan Anand is the current FIDE World Champion.

Holy shit you're here. Weren't you moving? LOL I mean, glad to see you on again, sorry about that douche post.

I recently watched a special on History Channel about Kasparov's defeat against Deep Blue, and how shitty IBM was throughout those matches, only to dismantle the thing without conceding a rematch after winning, and raising their share value like no tomorrow.

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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 18:05:18

SteelAttack said:

Yodariquo said:
Foolz said:
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LOL

Anyway, apparently a 19 year old just became the number 1 battle ship player:
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6027

Not sure how it is that you're reading chessbase, but yes, Magnus Carlsen has been on a ridiculous tear.  He's supposedly been training with Garry Kasparov this past year, and has gone from consistently finishing in the upper scorers in tournaments to consistently winning.

Note that's #1 in FIDE ratings, but Viswanathan Anand is the current FIDE World Champion.

Holy shit you're here. Weren't you moving? LOL I mean, glad to see you on again, sorry about that douche post.

I recently watched a special on History Channel about Kasparov's defeat against Deep Blue, and how shitty IBM was throughout those matches, only to dismantle the thing without conceding a rematch after winning, and raising their share value like no tomorrow.

...and I'm sorry for sticky-ing every recent post of mine in the forum...

...banning a certain rodent...

...locking Aspro's topic...

...and unlocking Vader's pants...

...alright maybe not Vader's pants...

...but I won't abuse my power any more... I promise...

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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 19:42:12

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...and I'm sorry for sticky-ing every recent post of mine in the forum...

...banning a certain rodent...

...locking Aspro's topic...

...and unlocking Vader's pants...

...alright maybe not Vader's pants...

...but I won't abuse my power any more... I promise...

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Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:12:01
Yoda and I just started our first game. We'll be posting updates here...that nobody else will read. LOL

1. e4
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Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:32:28

SteelAttack said:
Yoda and I just started our first game. We'll be posting updates here...that nobody else will read. LOL

1. e4

I'll be reading with much anticipation.

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Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:39:37
I know how to play chess but that is about it, so I am scared to play Yoda. Me vs Steel would be a good match.
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