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topgun69 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Tutor
I am in the need of a chess tutor for myself. I really
want to learn the game. I know the basic chess
moves but i need someone who can teach me a
whole new aspect of the game. So if you would help
me out i would really appreciate it.

Thanks alot
Topgun69
drgandalf 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Tutor I have offered chess tutoring on GK in the past. However, Mike has asked me not to offer it anymore. So, you will have to confer with the webmaster.
bigduke6 17 ( +1 | -1 )
TopGun69 Might I suggest ChessMaster5000? It's a great chess game, it's windows compatable and it's been around awhile so it's pretty cheap. I know it's helped me a great deal.
coyotefan 68 ( +1 | -1 )
I find chess tudors a waste Over the years I have paid many tudors a lot of money, and not really reaped sufficient rewards. Chess playing programs such as ChessMaster-9000, Fritz 8, as well as others have tutorials that are worth much more than any tudor. Also Lev Alberts training series is invaluable. Unfortunately, training with a Master does not make you a Master, just poorer.

My suggestion is to Get Alberts books, study, become a paying member to gameknot so you can play as many games as time allots. Also check out the string started by av8bndiace02 in this foum titled learning chess. Some great suggestions.
bullmoose 113 ( +1 | -1 )
Yep Chess Master is a great resource for tutorials - you can get the older versions really cheaply.
TG69 - I've had a quick look at some of your games and you appear to be missing many fundamental tactics (forks, skewers etc..) as well as key principles such as king safety, pawn structure and solid opening guidelines. Bringing the Queen out on move 2 usually results in it getting harassed back again leaving you behind in development for example.
You could do worse than reviewing the basics with a beginners book - the excellent Teach Yourself Chess by Bill Hartston is a cheap book and will give you a solid grounding in the basics. From there I'd recommend studying tactics and trying to solve mating problems (there are loads on this site under more options) which really help getting you to think that one or two moves deeper. Then you'll start getting into strategy and finally the intricasies of different openings - these really can wait - the basic principles will get you by for a long time.

Keep at it & you will keep improving. Good luck! }: )
coyotefan 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Sorry Bullmoose, I have to disagree Tactics and mating strategies are great in theory, but without a solid opening you will never get to put your learning into practice.

Start with some very basic openings, then work on middlegame tactics, and finally work on mating stratigies.

Chess is an orderly game, and you need to learn it in that order.
tulkos 19 ( +1 | -1 )
I am only beginning to learn the openings, all i have played really up to now is e4 Nf3 Bc5. this can be played against just about every black defense, and get a good game. as black I just went with the flow of things----
bullmoose 202 ( +1 | -1 )
coyotefan I suppose everyone has their own idea of what has priority. For me tactics is chess. So for me it has to be the priority. Then, the whole aim of the game is to enter the endgame with an advantage - if you don't know basic mating patterns or what will constitute a 'won' or 'lost' endgame then you're going round in circles. Of course (as I said above) solid opening principles should be studied - controlling the centre, mobilising your pieces quickly and effectively, king safety - but there's no point in spending time learning different openings before you can possibly understand the middlegame strategy they're trying to set up.

If you took 2 absolute beginners and trained one for a week on tactics and mating patterns, and the other on opening theory - I know where my money would lie.

They bottom line is that it's all important and you have to know it all - and you never will! - which is part of the joy of this game - i.e. you can always improve.
I'm only just beyond beginner level - I use 2 openings and only know them a few moves in, I still miss common combinations, I'm at a bit of a loose end in the middle game relying on small tactical advantages rather than in-depth strategical understanding and I'm only just starting to get to grips with common endgames (hence my low draw percentage).
I think of chess understanding like building blocks - first learn how the pieces move, then how they can interact with each other (simple tactics), then tactical combinations (thinking a bit deeper), then strategy. You have to walk before you can run & mating & stalemating patterns come under the simple tactics heading. Opening theory (in my opinion) comes under strategy which requires these building blocks to be in place first.

TG69's common opening 1.e4 e5 2. Qh5 (hoping for g6 or Nf6 and 3.Qxe5+) will trap a few people but more often create a disadvantage. It's very common for beginners to try to win with an opening trap, but if it fails and you don't know tactics then you're up the creek with no paddle.

May we all keep improving.
}: )
silverwolfwsc 30 ( +1 | -1 )
if you know tactics you can hold your own in the opening, if you study openings, you will fall apart in the middlegame and endgame. Opening theory is all based on tactics anyhow, the only reason to study it is so that you dont have to have as good of tactics, you can use the experiences of the grandmasters for that part of your game.
chess_champion 79 ( +1 | -1 )
tactics are good but not everything well tactics are good but when looking at human players their tactical skills are not so good as a computers superior calculating powers are concerned. if humans only knew tactics they would be machines. look at the better players in the world they dont only depend on tactics. currently the best computers are about equal as the best players in the world. they only depend on tactics and calculations while humans have a much wider span to look at since they actually do see the board. two good quotes to correspond with what i said... 1. experience is the best teacher and 2. If you discover you enjoy chess, you should play!! The more you play, the more you will enjoy it! and to add my own 3. the more you play the more experience:)
chess_champion 4 ( +1 | -1 )
correction... the more you play the more experience you get:p
silverwolfwsc 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Well.... i was speaking on a class level and not a grandmaster level. tactics are by far more important to learn than openings for a beginner player. Openings are all memorization, while learning tactics, and using them, will help to build your abilities.

if you ARE going to study openings however, dont just memorize them, learn why each move is played, and why another move is not played. By doing this you will learn a lot of tactics as well.


Once you get this down, then you can start looking at how to examine a game positionally.

drgandalf 121 ( +1 | -1 )
Hiring a chess tutor is the fastest way to develop a solid chessic base, which leads to rating improvement and game enjoyment. The tutor focuses in on those areas, in which the student is weak. helps him over the rough spots, reinforces those ideas, processes, and patterns that particular student needs for his level of play.

I teach by requiring my students to talk out the move BEFORE making it. I taught OTB yesterday. My 23 aged student was making comments that appeared bizarre in comparison to previous sessions. I stated he seems spacey. I found out he had been remiss in taking his medicine all day.

In other words, the tutor can spot problems that the student is unaware of. No chess program or book will provide those insights.

As a result of my student's confession, the session was geared toward only a few items, but taught repetitively, so that in his condition he could absorb the material.

In life, one gets what one pays for. Trying to learn chess on the cheap is not the way to go. I know of a 15 aged player, who went from 550 to 2150 in 18 months, because he found the correct tutor. Now, he is teaching for good money. He is admired by teens and adults, teachers and students. He chose to invest in himself, and it paid off.