Can You Learn to Improve Your Chess Game?

By Frank Coutinho | May 22, 2018
Photo by: Pexels How Can You Improve at Chess?

Chess is considered to be one of the oldest and most well-known games in the history of mankind. Many historians believe that the version of chess we play today came about from games being played in India over 2,000 years ago. Today's version of the game of chess has existed since the 15th century when it developed great popularity in Europe. Chess is a tactical two-person game that is played with the two opponents positioned on opposite sides of the chessboard. The chessboard consists of 64 squares in an 8 x 8 square. Each chess player uses the same 16-set pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns. The ultimate objective of each player is to checkmate your opponent's king. A checkmate occurs when the opposing king has been forced to a position where it has been captured or is unable to escape capture. If you would like to learn a few chess tips to improve your game, then you are not alone. Thousands of people across the world are learning chess annually. Chess is a game of skill that anyone can learn to play in a relatively short period of time.

Play Chess Online

In today’s day and age, it is very easy to play chess online. You can determine the level of difficulty your computer opponent will be, making this a suitable option for any experience level. Prior to internet chess games, you required another person to play chess with you because you cannot play chess against yourself alone. Of course, another person is longer a necessity, and you can play against an intelligent computer program.

Read Chess Books

You can learn a lot about the core essentials and rules of chess by reading books about the game. You do not even need to pay for these books, you can access these books for free from your local library. You can learn a wide variety of chess essentials such as the different chess pieces, the fundamental moves of each player, and beginner strategies. There are many excellent books on this topic such as “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess” by Patrick Wolff, “Chess For Success” by Tony Gillam, “Beginning Chess” by Bruce Pandolfini.

Chess Tutorial Programs

You can buy off-the-shelf chess software that you can install on your computer. Or try online chess training courses. These programs will guide you in playing chess and generate computer chess opponents at different skill levels to match your skill. This is perhaps the fastest way of learning the game as you do not have to be online to play against stimulated opponents, and you do not require another human being to play chess with you.

In conclusion, the game of chess is best learned from hands-on practical experience which only comes from playing the game. As you keep playing the game and learning new different strategies you will progress at the game of chess. Chess is a game that has a lifelong commitment to learning, no matter how much you play or who you have played there is always something new for you to learn.


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