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should I teach myself how to play chess?
« on: December 02, 2021, 09:38:40 AM »
I think of it as a character flaw that I have no idea how to play chess. Has anyone as an adult taught themselves the game and if so is it interesting enough to stay at it?
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Re: should I teach myself how to play chess?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2021, 10:03:55 AM »
I learned to play at the Boys Club when I was a kid.  No strategy, just the moves each piece can make and the rules of the game.

You may want to check this out as a starting point https://www.chess.com/lessons
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Re: should I teach myself how to play chess?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2021, 02:13:52 PM »
I learned to play at the Boys Club when I was a kid.  No strategy, just the moves each piece can make and the rules of the game.

You may want to check this out as a starting point https://www.chess.com/lessons

Same here - learned as a kid, but I have no idea how to strategize, develop an attack, defend, etc. My brother was a banzai kinda player, which probably explained the wreckage he'd leave behind.  :rotf:
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Re: should I teach myself how to play chess?
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2021, 08:33:19 AM »
At my local library they carry "The Great Course," graduate level discussions on DVD of everything from quantum mechanics to philosophy, and comparative religion.

One of the courses is Chess, taught by Jeremy Silman.

He gets away from remembering long strings of moves and countermoves and focuses on the capabilities of each piece individually, in tandem, and the implications arising out of those capabilities.

I cannot recommend that course strongly enough.
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Re: should I teach myself how to play chess?
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2021, 11:07:24 AM »
Same here - learned as a kid, but I have no idea how to strategize, develop an attack, defend, etc. My brother was a banzai kinda player, which probably explained the wreckage he'd leave behind.  :rotf:

I've never learned but suspect it might interest me.  Perhaps not.  The card games I prefer to play rely on math, logic, and of course hunches occasionally based on how others tend to play.
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Re: should I teach myself how to play chess?
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2021, 03:01:30 PM »
I think of it as a character flaw that I have no idea how to play chess. Has anyone as an adult taught themselves the game and if so is it interesting enough to stay at it?

There are dozens of Chess person v. computer online games so you can learn and play at your own pace.

Fun game for some.  I sorta plateaued and never really got back into it.
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Re: should I teach myself how to play chess?
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2021, 03:08:34 PM »
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