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    What always baffles me is why some people think that Chess is a game for geeks :facepalm2: I love it but also love socialising/playing sports/video games etc :cool:
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    Hello!

    Is there a member who want to help me? I have asked myself what is the best draw at the beginning. Any advices?
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    Guys, what is the most frequent move that people start the game with?
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    (Original post by handsome7654)
    Guys, what is the most frequent move that people start the game with?
    The most frequent move to start a game of chess is 1. e4, which black usually responds with e5 or c5, but can do other moves. Personally I usually open with d4, but now I'm starting to prefer the Polish opening with 1. b4, I love it when people play e5/e6, then taking my pawn with the bishop leaving the pawn on g7 to take, winning a rook at the start of the game
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    (Original post by Eloades11)
    The most frequent move to start a game of chess is 1. e4, which black usually responds with e5 or c5, but can do other moves. Personally I usually open with d4, but now I'm starting to prefer the Polish opening with 1. b4, I love it when people play e5/e6, then taking my pawn with the bishop leaving the pawn on g7 to take, winning a rook at the start of the game
    Then you must like the Grob as well, 1. g4
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    (Original post by dugdugdug)
    Then you must like the Grob as well, 1. g4
    I haven't quite looked at that opening much, but I shall when I get some free time
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    I want to start all over again in chess, so I'm playing an online game against a computer. Is there anyone who can tell me helpful moves? I'm a defensive player.
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    (Original post by Kallisto)
    I want to start all over again in chess, so I'm playing an online game against a computer. Is there anyone who can tell me helpful moves? I'm a defensive player.
    Maybe learn a few openings?

    I need todo that really, it just doesn't feel right to me though being that methodical about the game, but if it improves my game then I'll go and actually learn some rather than being a reactionary.
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    (Original post by SirMasterKey)
    Maybe learn a few openings?
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    That's a solution. There are some moves which depend on the first one. But I think it doesn't very helpful as long as you don't know the moves of your opponents. In my opinion it's more important to analyze and know the moves of your opponents to counter. So I'm sure its as important as to learn moves.
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    (Original post by Kallisto)
    That's a solution. There are some moves which depend on the first one. But I think it doesn't very helpful as long as you don't know the moves of your opponents. In my opinion it's more important to analyze and know the moves of your opponents to counter. So I'm sure its as important as to learn moves.
    In the opening, there're very limited 'useful' moves, hence these massive great lines of theory have been developed and analysed over the years. It may not appear useful to just 'learn' these lines, but if you look deeper into the meaning behind each move, you begin to see that they're all about countering your opponent and giving you the best position possible
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    There is an important knowledge which I have learnt yesterday in terms of the pawns. I have to attend to them that they don't taken my 'half'. Otherwise the game is lost! I have eliminated them as far as necessary. And then I eliminated more important chessmen step by step. Of course I have attend to my owns! but although I had the king in charge over 10 times, I was not able to checkmate the king! next time I get it!
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    (Original post by Kallisto)
    There is an important knowledge which I have learnt yesterday in terms of the pawns. I have to attend to them that they don't taken my 'half'. Otherwise the game is lost! I have eliminated them as far as necessary. And then I eliminated more important chessmen step by step. Of course I have attend to my owns! but although I had the king in charge over 10 times, I was not able to checkmate the king! next time I get it!
    Not sure what you mean here... are you saying you should aim to eliminate pieces sequentially based on value? Because that's not necessarily correct...
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    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    Not sure what you mean here... are you saying you should aim to eliminate pieces sequentially based on value? Because that's not necessarily correct...
    You have got it! I know that this method is not necessarily correct, but very offensive. My plan was to beat the chessmen to get a checkmate step by step, but without a good defensive, my plan is destined to fail. The king is my target, so I must not spend so much time dealing with moves.

    I must both beat the important chessmen as early as possible and to reach a checkmate at the end.
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    (Original post by Kallisto)
    You have got it! I know that this method is not necessarily correct, but very offensive. My plan was to beat the chessmen to get a checkmate step by step, but without a good defensive, my plan is destined to fail. The king is my target, so I must not spend so much time dealing with moves.

    I must both beat the important chessmen as early as possible and to reach a checkmate at the end.
    The key to playing attacking chess is to find the weak squares in your opponent's defense, and exploit them as much as possible without leaving holes of your own. This may or may not involve taking pieces, pieces of any value (not low value up).

    Learn the key concepts of pins, forks and skewers and also discovered and double checks. These will serve you well in learning how to attack and set up mating patterns.
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    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    The key to playing attacking chess is to find the weak squares in your opponent's defense, and exploit them as much as possible without leaving holes of your own. This may or may not involve taking pieces, pieces of any value (not low value up).

    Learn the key concepts of pins, forks and skewers and also discovered and double checks. These will serve you well in learning how to attack and set up mating patterns.
    Thanks for tip. I will take it to my heart. I will research some chess traps to have some strategies against the computer. So I am able to learn some openings in chess at the same time.

    By the way I have heard some days ago that chess is a school subject in Azerbaijan. It's interesting, isn't it?
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    (Original post by Kallisto)

    By the way I have heard some days ago that chess is a school subject in Azerbaijan. It's interesting, isn't it?
    I believe that's very good. I would have loved it if I was exposed to more chess in my youth. I grew up being taught chess by my dad and uncle. If more kids are involved in the thinking process when they're young then they'll have a lot of potential.

    Anyone fancy a game on chess.com at any point?
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    (Original post by Eloades11)
    I believe that's very good. I would have loved it if I was exposed to more chess in my youth. I grew up being taught chess by my dad and uncle. If more kids are involved in the thinking process when they're young then they'll have a lot of potential.

    Anyone fancy a game on chess.com at any point?
    I'll give you a game on there some time. My username is seely
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    (Original post by thecrimsonidol)
    I'll give you a game on there some time. My username is seely
    Sent you an invite.
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    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    Sent you an invite.
    Accepted.
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    For anyone interested, here is my game against thecrimsonidol:

    Hedgeman49 vs. thecrimsonidol
    chess.com | Dec 2012 | 1-0

    1. e4 c5
    2. Nf3 e6
    3. d4 a6
    4. Nc3 Qf6
    5. e5 Qe7
    6. g3 d6
    7. exd6 Qxd6
    8. Bg2 f6
    9. O-O Nd7
    10. Re1 b6
    11. Ng5 Rb8
    12. Rxe6+ Qe7
    13. Rxe7+ Kxe7
    14. Qe2+ Kd8
    15. Nf7+ Kc7
    16. Bf4+ Ne5
    17. Bxe5+ Kd7
    18. Bxb8 Ne7
    19. Nxh8 g6
    20. dxc5 bxc5
    21. Rd1+ Ke8
    22. Bc6+ Bd7
    23. Bxd7+ Kd8
    24. Nf7#

    I haven't played against this version of the Sicilian so I was out of book quite quickly. Obviously the key attack came on move 11, after that I was just trying to find a way to mate. I missed a mate in 7 after 14... Kd8 but it didn't add too much onto the game.

    Overall, fairly mistake riddled on both sides but quite an aggressive game.
 
 
 
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