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Blacksunshine
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Dec 12th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently, at the ripe old age of 44, got interested in chess. Never really cared much for it until now.

I've been playing at home with my son, and on an app on my iPhone.

It appears I'm playing at about level 600, which I imagine isn't real high compared to some of you more experienced players, but it's a blast and my 11 year old son isn't too far behind me! (old dog, new tricks and all)

My goal is to play around 1000 eventually, after that, who knows.

What about you guys? Any players here, and what level do you play at?

Electron

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Dec 12th, 2017 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play at the local club Tuesday mornings, there's only about 6 regulars. I went down in flames today - lol. About 5 years ago I played some rated tournaments, my rating floated between 1550 and 1650.

I find the attached link very helpful. I play about 10 positions every day, usually getting 80% right.

The book "My System" by Aron Nimzovitch opened my eyes to what chess is all about, I can't recommend it strongly enough.

Tactics trainer

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Dec 12th, 2017 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm currently at around 1952, however, the highest I've been was 2129. 2000 is an expert and 2200 is a master rating. My best tournament performance was where I played 4 masters in a row and scored 3.5 points. I came in = 1st and won a whopping $112 dollars!

It's a great game, so keep at it! Play through Grandmasters games to improve and don't worry "too" much about opening study, which requires a ton of time and study! IMHO the best way to improve is to study whole games and really try and learn something from them, try to guess the next move etc.

(This message was last edited by Pro Guitar Driver at 07:42 PM, Dec 12th, 2017)

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Dec 12th, 2017 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The book "My System" by Aron Nimzovitch opened my eyes to what chess is all about, I can't recommend it strongly enough."

A great book Electron, also Simple Chess by Michael Stean is another smaller but excellent teaching book!

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Dec 12th, 2017 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I won a small chess tournament at work years ago. But "small" and "years ago" being the important factors here.

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Dec 12th, 2017 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I cheat.

Blacksunshine
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Dec 12th, 2017 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the book recommendation!

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Dec 12th, 2017 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a 2200-rated tic tac toe master. Rock-paper-scissors, not so good.

I played a lot of chess when I was in high school. I've gotten completely away from it, save for the occasional bloody battles with my nephews.

It's usually my blood on the table.

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Dec 12th, 2017 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I played a lot of chess when I was in high school. I've gotten completely away from it."

That's about my story as well. Back 40 to 42 years ago there was no one at my high school that could beat me. We had a yearly chess tournament. It was a lot of fun especially when you never lose.

Sadly, I'd almost need to relearn everything to play now.

I know how the pieces move, but as for strategic play ... I'd pretty much be at a complete loss.


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Dec 12th, 2017 08:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just won a used copy of "My System" on eBay for $5.

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Dec 12th, 2017 09:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm fortunate enough that my local paper carries Shelby Lyman's daily chess puzzle seven days a week. And I have a go at it every night, but don't always get the right answer.

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Dec 12th, 2017 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I heard that it was really peegoo that invented chess............ oh wait... wrong thread!

(This message was last edited by Pro Guitar Driver at 12:00 AM, Dec 13th, 2017)

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Dec 13th, 2017 04:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an awesome old Black & White photograph of a young/blind Ray Charles playing Chess. Apparently he was a very good player.

I will attempt to upload the photo tonight after work.

Texican

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Dec 13th, 2017 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use to play back when I was in high school. Won a couple of regional tournaments and tied for first in a state tournament.

Haven't played in quite a while. A few years back, I beat Apple's Chess program and the PC crashed when I asked it to analyze it's wrong moves.

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Dec 14th, 2017 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

wow - some real skilled players on here!

Using chess programs my ranking seems to settle around 1,300 range. I think against humans I might be a bit better, I find I rush playing a computer for some reason. The computer makes its move instantly and that seems to disrupt my own pacing and then I feel like I need to rush.

I have both "The Amateur's Mind" and "How to Reassess your Chess" by Jeremey Silman. (available through forum sponsor Amazon). It might be a bit early for you to tackle those but I do think they are very well written for those like me who can play a bit, but really have a lot to develop.

I like both books very much but haven't progress very far in either simply due to time and focus constraints. An engrossing job, lot's of hobbies and 2 young boys are interfering with my chess game!


If you are at 600 or so there are likely a handful of basic tactics that you can focus on that will quickly step up your game. Again, there are much better players on this thread already but I will share a few ideas:

1. Focus on eliminating obvious 'poor' moves. I am guessing you are still at the stage where you lose pieces simply by mistake. "I.e. I move my bishop here and then it gets captured because I didn't see his guy". It simply takes practice to train yourself to clearly see the Board - but making it a goal "I will play my next 3 matches without any 'opps' mistakes' will really help focus on eliminating those errors.

2. Focus on controlling the center of the Board. As you develop your pieces at the start you want to put energy into holding or 'attacking' those squares in the middle of the Board. This is good because as a beginner its hard to know what to do at the very beginning of the game. This gives you an early game objective AND controlling the center is a strategically important discipline for good basic chess play.

3. Castle early in the game. Castling drastically increases your kings protection. At our level I suspect there is virtually no scenario where we should not Castle.

There are a bunch of other tips I could share but don't want to bury you. I suspect just those 3 would likely push you up to that 1,000 level pretty quickly.

I'm a pretty marginal player so would love to hear the input from the more accomplished folks out there and definitely correct me if you think my advice for BlackSunShine is off base.

(This message was last edited by Moose0130 at 11:22 AM, Dec 14th, 2017)

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Dec 14th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"After 1 P-K4 white’s game is in its last throes”

-Gyula Breyer

Jake
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Dec 14th, 2017 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Go is supposed to be harder.

Pro Guitar Driver

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Dec 14th, 2017 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1.e4 - c'mon we're "modern" players here! ;^)

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Electron

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Dec 14th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent rating, Pro Guitar Driver! The top players I've beat were 1700, I'm sure I could reach that and a little more.


Blacksunshine, I make an extra effort to avoid having isolated or doubled pawns. They're a nuisance to defend, and hard to advance. The game is hard enough without them! :D

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Dec 14th, 2017 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a lot as a youngster, including 3-D chess. These days I only occasionally play a computer....and love the option of backtracking :^).

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