How do I get better

Don't study openings. You'll do just fine with learning basic opening principles. You should also study endgames because that helps to understand chess as a whole. Doing tactics is helpful too.

@jupp53 I have no idea why I lost! White jsut has advantage of moveing first :( that is the only reason he won also I think he was using an engine cause there is no way he saw that knight checkmate >:(

You know what helped me alot, goodnight? Study and learn an opening. A mainline opening. Youtube is a good resource for that. It's a pain, but think of it as memorizing a ten or 15 digit phone number. It will help keep you safe and out of traps early on and give you a fighting chance. Good luck in your quest, my friend.

First of all, patience. You won't get better overnight. It will take many games, mistakes and blunders. I also suggest to think about your moves. Moving your king around makes it vulnerable, while not helping in development. Sure faster games are fun, there's very limited amounts of thinking involved, if you'd like to get better stop and think about the pieces that are most involved into the game to the least.

@#12 goodnightofficial

This is a basic mate, having a name. Smothered mate. if you search for it you'll find lots of examples.

If you really don't know why you lose and have no money to buy a good beginners book search for
- opening principles, best Jussupow
- tactical motivs
- basic mates
- basic pawn endings
- basic rook endings.

People asking for help without doing their homework first (looking at their game and telling a hypothesis what is their mistake) in the web are legion. They spoil only their time.

1. play 10 + 0 games and make sure u use at least 5 plus mins of those in ur games.

2. Study any book on positional chess which has theory and puzzles in it. I strongly feel positional chess is the way to climb rating ladder. Unless you don't know where the pieces fall, you will always end up in bad position.

3. Simple tactics is more than enough, work a lot on pins, forks, double attacks... that would help.

4. Don't worry about endgames until you reach 1900 rapid rating in lichess. Actually why I am saying this is, I am the proof that with 0 endgame knowledge you can still reach 1900 in rapid lichess. I haven't read, seen or studies any basic endgames whatsoever and I am still surviving...

Openings : play the first moves applying the opening principles. Nothing else to learn. However, play always the same opening as often as possible (I mean : against 1.e4, do not play e5 one day, c5 the other day and e6 an other one). Games after games build your own opening tree.

Middle game : 10 puzzles a day is not enough !!! Read de la Maza method or the Woodpecker Method and reach 100 , 200 (more !) puzzles a day. Be sure to detect pins, X-Ray , skewers, double attacks (and the other tactical patterns) with easy puzzles.

Endgame : understanding the opposition and the square rule is a very basic tool to know.

Open your mind on thinking processes (a lot of books and video about this)
1. Look for your opponent threat
2. Think and calculate two candidate moves and choose the best one
3. Make a security check before putting your piece on its new square.
Always calculte in this order : check, capture, threat.
Every move.

Play tournaments and more slow games than rapid games
Analyse this games to detect your mistakes.

I am very fond of Dan Heisman advices ("A Guide of chess improvement")

Read MFTL and you will know why it doesn’t work out.

Looking in the urban dictionary for MFTL "Massively Faster Than Light


Much Faster Than Light" doesn't help me to find this source. Btw as an empirical psychologist I have some information why de la Maza and the Woodpecker Method is only working short term.