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Asked by koakuo
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As an individual in their mid twenties, I'm brand new to the chess scene, and have been doing a few of the little training scenarios on here for a while.

I'm definitely not familiar with the game except understand the very bare basics, and have watched a few of the archived videos about some openings. I'm wondering if any experienced players have any possible suggestions of what I can do to practice on my free time? What's some core fundamentals I should know, or common practicing solutions I could do?

I've been deterring from playing on here thus far due to it seems the majority of people are already well established in the game, and I don't want to be playing blindly basically -- unless of course, that is recommended, then I would.

I've looked at a few coaching options since I'm quite serious about wanting to learn the game and put forth the time to learning it -- however, they're a bit out of price range. Hopefully someone will steer me in the right direction for a new comer.

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Answered by Phobos531
Welcome aboard! :)

Firstly, you need to be completely familar with the rules of the game. There are a lot of resources regarding this on the Internet. Get familiar with various tactical weapons like forks, deflections, removal of the defender etc. After that, it's good to sharpen your tactics skills. It will increase your board vision and help you to see strong moves more easily. There are also two from-scratch solutions I know about:

1) Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition by Josh Waitzkin
- this is a computer game from Ubisoft that goes from the very basics up to various endgames, strategies etc. I used it and it's pretty good, I recommend it.

2) Grandmaster Igor Smirnov's chess courses ( are also very good. He explains chess ideas very thoroughly and has countless videos dedicated to help you form your thinking system.

Both of these two packages need to be paid. Well, you could always download torrented versions, but it's up to you.

Good luck.

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