Learning to play chess

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Learning to play chess

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 23rd, 2019, 11:06 am

I could have extended my geekiness at school and joined chess club and now wish that I had. I have the urge to learn.

Mentioning this to my dad, an avid chess player in his youth, he has bought me a chess set. So now to learn!

I am thinking of getting a book, something like 'Chess For Dummies'. Is a book the best way to go?

Any thoughts on this folks? :tu:
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby scullion » June 23rd, 2019, 11:22 am

wouldn't it be more fun joining a chess club?
i suppose a book or possibly you tube etc could fit the bill but while you're learning, an electronic/computer chess board would be a good idea as then you have 'someone' to practice before you take on another person.
you can pick them up for a reasonable price on eBay. look and see if there's a phone or kindle app that could also fit the bill.
we have one (somewhere) - my partner used to play with it a while back)
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby StokeySue » June 23rd, 2019, 12:44 pm

Not sure you actually need an electronic board these days., there are apps to go on existing devices and even online clubs where you can play at any level until you are ready to play live

Probably easier to use an app than a book, as the pieces actually move, though something like Chess for Dummies obviously a useful addition for reference and for browsing or helping set up your kit

I don’t specifically know about chess, but that’s certainly how it works for backgammon

There are plenty of free online resources, this looks helpful

[url] https://www.ichess.net/blog/free-chess- ... -websites/ [|url]
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby Ratatouille » June 23rd, 2019, 1:06 pm

Tezza. You may remeber that Mr R is a keen chess players and belongs to a local chess club - that could be rather intimidating if you don't know anybody There are, as Sue says loads of apps and on line tutors at all level from absolute beginners to would-be grand masters. You could also play with your dad on-line.

I can play but am not enthralled by it and kind of gave up when my 4 year old GS beat me!!
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby Pepper Pig » June 23rd, 2019, 4:03 pm

Are you still playing the clarinet Tezza?
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » June 23rd, 2019, 5:30 pm

I would do it online, possibly Facebook has an online chess game? My dad taught when I was little and I'd often wished I kept it up, as I only know the basics now
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 27th, 2019, 5:27 pm

Thanks! I am going down the book route for now.

Keeping it brief. Tried to post many times but kept getting booted out.
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby Ratatouille » June 27th, 2019, 6:28 pm

I don't think it will work Tezza, Chess ,by it's very nature, interactive. You will be far better on line. Have you got real problems with your internet?
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby Grasshopper » June 27th, 2019, 8:10 pm

I'm no chess player myself, but a good book is the way to learn IMO. You want one that teaches you right from the basics, about the moves, the different names for the squares on the board, etc. One with exercises in would be your best bet. Is there a Waterstones near you? You might find a good one there.

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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 28th, 2019, 5:19 am

Ratatouille wrote:Have you got real problems with your internet?


Intermittently but only on my mobile. The screen tells me that the WF page is not working
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby suffolk » June 28th, 2019, 6:43 am

Very odd ... maybe you need to delete cookies or clear the cache or whatever?
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 28th, 2019, 6:49 am

I'll look into that suffs, thank you.

Feeling much stronger now, thanks for asking. :hug: Meds, diet and gentle exercise all seem to be working. Hoping GP says I can go back to work next week.
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby suffolk » June 28th, 2019, 6:53 am

That’s very positive Tezza ... very pleased for you ... you’ve had a tough time of it ... take good care of yourself :hug:
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 28th, 2019, 7:48 am

Thank you :hug:
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby Ratatouille » June 28th, 2019, 9:01 am

Tezza. I am so pleased to hear you are feeling better. Take care won't you? :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby earthmaiden » June 28th, 2019, 9:18 am

Just to say I'm pleased you're recovering well too! :hug:.
My phone drops out quite a lot so I have to log in again when I am on the Wildfood site at home using my normal wifi too. It works fine with everything else.

I don't know much about chess, several people have refused to teach me :lol:. A club would be good but books and online to get an idea of what its about couldn't hurt.
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby Seatallan » June 28th, 2019, 4:14 pm

Glad to hear you're recovering Tezza. Don't overdo things though will you? :hug:
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Re: Learning to play chess

Postby MariaKK » July 10th, 2019, 10:51 pm

Tezza

Good to see you're feeling better .

This might be a good place to start - it explains the basics with pictures

https://chesswarehouse.com/pages/how-to-play-chess

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