Where can I find a guide to help me respond to chess moves?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 2 comments

Question by Dave: Where can I find a guide to help me respond to chess moves?
I’m trying hard to learn the game, and I am practicing traditional attacks against an AI player (I play chess titans on my PC), but after my first 3 moves I just don’t know how to respond. What is the best way to learn how to respond to certain moves my COMPUTER opponent makes. (NOTE: I do not want some way to cheat nor do I condone cheating in anyway, I just want to learn the game)

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Answer by liberal_60
Start with this page of ten tips at the US Chess Federation Chess site to learn basic principles.
http://www.uschess.org/content/view/9111/28/

Then move on to two books called “Winning Chess Openings” and “Winning Chess Tactics” by Sierawan. You can probably get them from your library, or
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Yasser%20Seirawan&ie=UTF8&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank

Then study Dan Heisman’s Novice Nook Columns on line.
http://home.comcast.net/~danheisman/Articles/Novice_Nook_Links.htm#subjectorder

Then spend the rest of your life studying the thousands of books and grandmaster games available.
http://www.chessgames.com/

Play lots of slow games, not speed chess.
Join a chess club and get a coach.
Study your own games and your errors.

Good luck

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Q&A: How do you read “Modern Chess Openings”?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 5 comments

Question by ka1el: How do you read “Modern Chess Openings”?
I know that the book shows different variations of moves in addition to the main lines, but I don’t understand all of the charts. For example, some variations, columns, have moves missing, just blank, for a move or two. And others have a series of periods (…….) connecting, for example, move four of variation 7 to move 4 of variation 9. It’s hard to explain in words without actually looking at the book. If some of you know what I mean, could you help me out?

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Answer by brucebirchall
MCO is a reference work, nor exactly light reading. If you think MCO is hard to follow, try reading Informator some time!

There are simpler works that communicate the ideas behind the main variations that you will come across but MCO aims to map out the territory of lesser-known and less well-tried lines, to give a wider picture.

Most people use it to look up the line that was played by their opponent in a recent game and to pinpoint where they went wrong, i.e. they use it to assist their post-mortem analysis and the annotations they make in their scorebook.

The MCO assessments of what is a good position for White, or for Black or a level position are vital to following the plot, You want to glance ahead to see if the position at the end of that column is favourable to white or to black and see where to deviate if you want a different outcome.

Usually the columns are arranged in a logical order, the blank bits mean “look at the column to the left and follow it till you get to the first move printed in this column, then switch to this column”. A bit like the decision tree when using a road map: several journeys all begin with using the same motorway but then they involve different turn-offs and different A and B roads to get to different destinations …

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How to prepare for the chess openings? How to use chess softwares to prepare an opening?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 5 comments

Question by : How to prepare for the chess openings? How to use chess softwares to prepare an opening?
please give me the right information.

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Answer by Baj
Books, books and more books.

Also there is no practice like playing.
The software is good but you also need to know the reasoning behind it so you can adapt to the opponent.

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I would like to see a different variation of CHESS with optional preferred positions.?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 4 comments

Question by Danilo C: I would like to see a different variation of CHESS with optional preferred positions.?
The game of Chess has become almost predictable and played with standard moves and countermoves by the game masters. I would like to see a variant of this boardgame where both players choose the arrangement of their officials while the pawns still keep the usual front squares. The arrangement shall be discrete until the players face each during the game.

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Answer by civilization
there is something like that. “game of Chess has become almost predictable and played with standard moves ” lots of games will end up in a weird sidelines. and for that variation is also predictable: control center and develop.

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Can I teach myself how to play chess without using the computer?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 8 comments

Question by : Can I teach myself how to play chess without using the computer?
I’ve always been interested in the game of chess. I dad was going to teach me how to play but I was killed in Afghanistan 2 years ago. The only people I know who play chess now are my cousins but they live far away. It it seems I might have to teach myself. Can I teach myself how to p;ay chess and how?

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Answer by sugarbearrayray9
I think the computer helps a lot better than teaching yourself.

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