I finally made it in the 1000s range for all type of play on the website!!!! Fair warning I am on winter break so this is all I do, hence the 31 days. My daily rating is around 1200 but not counting that because there’s practically no time control for moves. 1000 may be the worst rating in the world but it means a lot to me :)
I wanted to help other people in my situation (if there’s anyone rated as low on here lol), so this is basically what happened.
I knew the rules of chess and a bit about playing, as in avoid captures, and that’s all. No opening knowledge, no tactics, nothing. So naturally I was at 600 for the longest time. The most important part though, was that I didn’t really care. I think I enjoyed moving pieces when I got bored and really didn’t enjoy the game. If you’re on this sub though, this hopefully isn’t the case with you. Don’t play if you’re not interested!
Then obviously, like everyone else, I watched the queens gambit. I fully knew that this would cause me to get interested in chess. And sure enough it felt like an epiphany. I don’t know how to explain it but I suddenly figured out how to play. 10 days later I was at 800. Thank you Queen’s Gambit.
I consider myself below average at “chess intelligence”. So it’s not about me being any kind of smart. I’m sure y’all will take much less time.
So what I did/ tips!
1.) Figuring out how to play as black. I was dreadful as black. I didn’t know what to do. If you’re much much worse at one side than another, then you need to flip the board and learn it. Many times I’d play a type of game where I’d forget that my queen wasn’t where I thought it would be because the setup is flipped! Learn the coordinates from both sides.
2.) Ideally learn an opening for e4 and d4, white and black both. A few variations of what your opponent could respond. Don’t go crazy though, you simply will not be able to remember every opening. Just develop your pieces well enough in every game, respond logically.
3.) Blunders: oh I still make many. But I have drastically reduced in the past month. I’ve nearly stopped hanging pieces. I’m at the 1 and 2 move blunder stage where I miss a ridiculously easy tactic. BUT ALSO remember that your opponent is making a ton of blunders too! To miss a blunder is also a blunder. If reverse psych works on you, think of your move and simply think that it doesn’t work, and find why. If you can’t think of why, go for it!
4.) Make note of what’s pinned as it happens and try... keep reading on reddit ➡
What's up /r/phish! It's been a while since I've hosted a setlist thread (fuck covid), but since I'm a pretty decent chess player (1850 USCF) I am excited to provide you with a hub for all of tonight's chess shenanigans. If you are out of the loop, click here to learn what's going on and how to join.
Alright, chess.com got the reddit hug of death. Here are some possible paths the game could take next:
If d4 then Nf6, If c4 then d4, If g3 then Nf6
The way Reddit does numbered lists can mess with chess notation, sorry if I'm writing things weirdly.
So my dad’s cousin has been visiting to catch up for Christmas, and this time she brought her new partner and his eight year old son. She's really lovely so normally I like when this cousin comes over, but her partner’s kid is driving me up the fucking wall.
A small sampler list – he went around checking empty Christmas stockings, was eyeing remaining presents under the tree and kept asking who they were for, threw a high-pitched squealing tantrum when they weren’t going home after 30 minutes, tried harassing and chasing my rescue dog after I kept telling him not to (poor baby is hiding under my bed atm), and more general rude and annoying kid stuff. Well, this kid saw a chess board and wanted to play, and my parents offered me up for tribute after he kept asking my dad.
I agreed, and my cousin’s partner said his kid was familiar with chess. Tried to help him relearn it and coach him, but he kept trying to lick the pieces and tell me I was moving them wrong. It's really petty of me and I'm kinda ashamed, but I cracked the shits and stopped going easy. Now he’s sulking and my mum is annoyed at me.
So Reddit, AITA?
Update: My cousin's partner let us know later that he has ADHD, so I'm definitely more of an arsehole than I was before.