New to chess, and loving it

White Knight - chessboard study in depth of fieldI never considered my self proficient in chess and I do not know why the game did not appeal to me before.

Everyone considers chess the ultimate strategy and I love strategy. I have 20+ strategy board games at home that we often play but I always felt chess has something to do with mathematics and not strategy. And boy I was wrong.

It turns out that chess is not only all about strategy and tactics, but the emotions and decisions made in a chess game are easily applied to everyday life. And especially in business! All of the sudden my eyes opened wide, the moment I always live for.

I have to thank my friend Boris for beating me severely in couple of games we played, and that sparked my interest.

I then figured out that even on the casual level of play, newbies like me (by this I mean I know only basic mechanics of the game and that's it), have no chance against an opponent who knows just a level up from basics. I was intrigued.

Luckily, today it is much easier to learn chess than 10 or 50 years ago thanks to all the technology we have. While looking around on youtube I stumbled upon a video commentary of the matches for recent world chess champion title between Anand and Topalov. The commentary is let's just say simply fantastic (cheers for the commentator who has a great chess site as well). After watching these videos I realized that I fell in love with the game.

httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=31E306A93108AFBE

Chess software like Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition offer plethora of tutorials for beginners so one can quickly absorb the knowledge. My game started rapidly improving (from unable to beat anyone, to able to beat someone, occasionally).

And then another friend gave me his collection of "Kings of Chess" books from D. Bjelica about the lives of world chess champions - Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tal... It was enchanting, as their lives and destinies were as extraordinary as the games they played. That was it, I was officially hooked to the game.

I signed up for chess instructions and I play chess online on PlayChess.com (it allows you to play chess for free). I am vprelovac there in case any of you want to play a game sometime.

Why did I write all of this? In case you read the text until here and still haven't given chess a chance, do it. You won't regret it.


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8 Comments

  1. Jan 11th, 2011 11:48 PM

    Vladimir, I dare you to a game, what do you say?

    I will wait for your email

    • Jan 11th, 2011 11:49 PM

      In fact, I challenge everyone here :)

    • Jan 12th, 2011 10:47 AM

      Sure, I play now on chesscube.com under ID vprelovac

  2. Nov 10th, 2010 4:33 AM

    Funny the same thing happened to me a few months ago. I loved chess when I was in high scool but due to there not being many geeks in my school and no internet I didn't get many g ames.... except against old dos chess programs (most were simply unbeatable)

    Anyways I was playing springrts a few months ago when some of the guys started chatting about FICS... Turns out 4 of the 12 players at the time were fics players... So its a pretty fun community, not too serious and plenty of random people like me to kick around and boost your chess ego with hahaha.... I think the fics site is freechess.org, its got plenty of open-source clients for [include your OS here].

    Enjoying this dudes youtube videos thanks :)

    -cly

  3. Oct 26th, 2010 6:17 PM

    em, I can't beat computer,
    chinese chess

  4. A. Romeo
    Oct 24th, 2010 7:41 PM

    If you like chess, then perhaps you should also try out similar games. Chess is part of a family of games with an ancient Indian origin. Most notably, Xiangqi (Chinese Chess, in general a more aggressive game) and Shogi (Japanese Chess, in general more methodical). Xiangqi has a popularity that rivals Orthodox Chess.

  5. Oct 24th, 2010 7:29 PM

    I am an chess fanatic. It is one of the few guiltless pleasures in life. I play on pogo, which is another good java site for games.

    I think Chessmaster is the best for all around fun and learning, but for a simple free game I recommend the game 'Pawn' - you can find it one download.com

    One way to increase your chess strength without reading too many books is to take one piece like a Knight and try to master it. Move it against one or two defending pieces (one piece and a king) until you get use to the way it moves by checking the king as many ways as possible. It is not a beginners exercise. Its more of a drill to train your brain. There was a whole book written about this technique and how one guy went from beginner to advanced with this method in a short time.

    • Oct 24th, 2010 11:09 PM

      Hi Mark

      Thanks for the recommendation about Pawn. I found it extremely challenging at my current level (read: unbeatable)

      Can you tell me more about this technique you described? How to set this up best?