7 Steps to Learn Chess

Many people think that chess is too difficult to learn. If you are one of those people, let me assure you, it's easier than you may think.

Chess is actually very easy once you understand the basics!

Here are 7 simple steps to help make learning chess a little easier:

  1. 1. Learn the basic rules of chess
  2. 2. Watch YouTube tutorials or Chess4Life videos on how to play
  3. 3. Play against a computer or another person to become familiar with the game
  4. 4. Read up on chess strategy
  5. 5. Study your mistakes after every match
  6. 6. Find someone who knows chess better than you and play practice games
  7. 7. Practice playing online with other players
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1. Learn the Basic Rules

If you’re new to chess, it can seem very intimidating at first! However, once you learn the basic rules of the game and get used to how everything works together, playing is much easier.

You may have already learned some of these by watching others play or reading about them online - but it's a good plan to consult a basic rules guide first or have a friend show you the basic rules.


Before you jump in and start playing, spend some time getting to know the 6 different pieces on the board. Knowing what each piece is called, the King, Queen, Rook, Knight, Bishop, and Pawn is the very first step!


The chessboard looks complicated at first glance because it's so different from other games - but learning how to play isn't nearly as hard as it seems once you setup the pieces for the first time.


You may find the visual PDF guide by Chess4Life, the Rules of Chess very helpful:

View it online | download it | or print it out 🖨️

 

 

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2. Watch YouTube tutorials or Chess4Life videos on how to play

If you want to get a good head start, try watching this short free video series on Chess.com that teaches the basics of how to play:


https://www.chess.com/video/player/how-to-play-chess?ref_id=652631

 

Another great way is by learning from instructional videos available from Chess4Life
https://www.chesshouse.com/collections/chess4life-curriculum


Don't give up! Learning chess takes time, but it's definitely worth the effort. Over 300 million people play this game worldwide and you can be one of them if you keep working on your skills. Keep reading to find out how!


Did you know that chess is so popular this decade that Chess.com gets on average more than 60,000 new members per day? Wow!

 

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3. Play against a computer or another person to become familiar with the game

One of the best ways to learn the basics and affirm your understanding of the rules is to practice the game. This is best done by playing chess online against a computer or another person - this way you'll more easily become familiar with the game.


Playing against a computer, whether it is online or a real electronic chess computer, ensures that you are making correct "legal" moves. In most cases, you can take back moves to retry other moves and even learn from the computer's evaluation of your moves.

 

 

4. Read up on chess strategy

The fastest way to improve is to read up or listen to an expert on chess strategy and then put these newly acquired ideas to the test.

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5. Study your mistakes after every match

The real key, however, is to learn from your mistakes in every game. With an electronic chess game software or internet playing site such as chess.com, you'll be able to take advantage of very advanced algorithms that show you exactly where you played a weak move along with better options that you could have played instead.


The more effort you put into studying some new strategies and then applying them and learning from them - without repeating the same mistakes in game after game - the faster you're going to learn!

 

6. Find someone who knows chess better than you and play practice games

If you can find someone who is a much better chess player who is willing to play and then revisit the entire game, explaining their thought process and the strategies they considered ... that's the very best!

7. Practice playing online with other players

  1. The benefit of online play is access to a very wide range of playing skills and playing styles. You will never become bored with the array of players worldwide!


There are always players available to play very fast games like 1 minute bullet chess as well as slow games of 30 minutes per player or more.


Chess.com is one of the best online sites to put your skills to the test to win, draw, or learn!

 

So, Where Should You Start?

 

Simply watch a video, download the rules guide, or get a book or two.


Don't get overwhelmed! Just get one small chess book and study it for a little while each day.


If you take just a few small steps each day, you will have fun with it and learn how to play better chess.