||I wrote this a few years ago for fun, it was in response to a player who never wanted to study chess just wanted to play but wanted some advice. You can review what is written and decide for yourself whether or not it is crap....grin
The Lazy Man's Guide To Chess
First before we go any further you must answer the follow questions and if you answer YES to any one of these this advice is not suited to your game.
1) I hope to be World Champion one day.
2) I will be one of the top 10 players in the world.
3) I have 30 or more hours a week to study chess.
4) I have read every known chess book in the world and I understand each book.
5) I have a memory that is unbelievable and can recall everything I ever read.
6) I am the world champion and just decided to drop by and say â€œHelloâ€.
7) I have never lost a chess game in my life and will never lose a game.
I have lots of money and I own every chess book ever printed.
Now that we understand each other and of course if there is anyone left we can continue:
First pick an opening for white and your defenses for black, make sure you are comfortable with these choices because you will be playing them probably for the rest of your life and you dont want to waste time on things you dont enjoy.
There are several books on this subject so take your time and have some fun researching your line. Never own more than 3 chess books at a time and dont buy a chess book unless you are sure it covers exactly what you want to study. Better yet, go to the library or bookstore and take notes, save your cash for more important things, like your wife or husband.
I play the London System, Tromp, Caro Kann and the Slav and a few other lines I save for that someone special.
Lets look at pattern recognition and how it will help your game. Using what I play as noted above, what patterns could I draw on to help me in your games. And you can do the same with your choices.
1) My first move will be d4 my center pawn of choice, supported by pawns at e3 and c3.
2) I will look for pawn breaks (pushes) at e4 and c4.
3) I will normally have a dark square bishop on f4 or g5 occasionally, and a white square bishop on e2 or d3 and occasionally c4.
4) I will come to know and love a white pawn on h3 if black has a knight on f6 and a bishop on e7 but if I can gain material and draw the bishop off e7 h3 can wait also watch for the possibility of black sacing a bishop on h3.
5) My knight on the kingside will be on f3 with dreams of landing on e5 at some point in the game.
The queenside knight will be on d2 and might end up on c3 if I have pushed my c pawn to c4.
6) My answer to blacks move c5 will almost always be e3 or c3 as long as my bishop is on f4.
7) I will normally castle on the kingside but not always.
If a pawn pusher attacks me on the queenside by moving his pawn to c4 I will challenge with b3 and if he defends with b5 I will attack with a4.
9) Rooks belong on open files so the c and e file look good to me.
10) I will try to greet the black Queen on b6 with a Queen on b3 if possible.
11) Remember, b2 is a weakness to observe. I think you get the general idea, this is how pattern recognition works and you can apply it to any opening or defense. The more patterns you know the better your chess will improve.
Good luck with your games and have fun. Please note: this was written for entertainment only or was it, you decide.