For the last couple of years, I have sat back and watched my friends play chess. I sat on the sidelines with little to no idea of what was unfolding in front of me. Now I am ready to step into the ring and accept the challenge! So, I am going to learn how to play chess!
I have a couple of friends that love to play chess and up to this point whether it be ignorance or laziness, I have never even tried to learn. My big motivation behind learning this game is that one of my best friends is a quadriplegic and he loves playing chess. So, chess is a great game that we can both partake in! He claims to be a proficient player already so I have my work cut out for me! My knowledge of the game is very limited as I know most of the names of the pieces and the directions in which they move. However, outside of that, I have no knowledge of things like opening theories, different plays, and strategies. The intricacies of the game will require hours of devotion to not only play but also to be a winner. My goal at the end of this learning project is to be able to play chess with casual players and be able to win once in a while.
My friends’ recommendations and my research on the internet has brought me to a website called Chess.com. It has a section called Learn to Play, that has different lessons for a beginner chess player to learn. Ranging from the rules, finding checkmates, and capturing pieces to more advanced lessons like opening theories and endgame moves. I will start this project by learning and familiarizing myself with the piece’s names and directions and move down the list of lessons. Supplementing the websites learn to play section, I intend on watching some YouTube videos to add to my learning as well. Once I feel confident, I will start playing some games online and learn by trial. I also plan to network with my friends about chess when particular questions or potential move possibilities arise. Hopefully, I can challenge my friends to a game in the weeks to come.
This should be both a challenging and rewarding game to learn. If you have any advice or resources that I should look at using, just comment at the bottom or get a hold of me on Twitter: @WaldeDerek