How I learned to play chess

playing chess

In order to get better at chess, you need a combination of education and practice. It may only be a hobby, but you either find the determination to commit to a constant learning or play when regress.

The Basics

I was taught the basics by my uncle. He was a fun man and tried to made sure we have something interesting to do while our families met for the holidays.

Learning the basics and losing a couple of times for me was enough to wake up a desire to get better.

My Idols

garry casparov

I started learning about the history of the game, about Gary Kasparov and Jose Raul Capablanca. They became my idols and, even though I didn’t understand their way of thinking, I started studying their games.

This is a great advice for anything you do: write, play poker, cook. Read this post, find one person to follow and study how they approach their craft. There is no need to scatter your brain over everyone in the business. Laser focus on one will be enough. Especially, if you have an opportunity to later meet them in real life.


chess time

Funny thing with chess is that you need a partner. Which is not something that is easy for everyone. But I remember that even on my lower-end phone I was able to launch a Chess app and play against millions of people around the world.

There is nothing like getting your butt kicked numerous times that will either make or break you. Luckily, it was a smart app and after losing a couple of times I got paired with people around my level. And that was key. Playing with people just above your level, so you know you CAN win but it’s still a challenge.


bobby fischer

Practicing wasn’t enough. I started reading about Bobby Fisher, Tim Ferriss talked about the subject numerous times.

The game changed. And, to be honest, I never cared much for the world championships. But my focus switched from playing chess as an amateur to looking at ways chess could’ve helped me in my life.

Believe it or not, the game has amazing parallels with any person’s life.

As I mentioned, I never became a professional. But chess gave me focus and determination. I learned the game, got better, which helped me in a million other ways.

Skills that every chess player needs

Chess has been a popular game for many centuries. Some people even look at it more like a profession than just a hobby. There are specific skills that a professional chess player should have to be the best, and there is more than meets the eye when it comes to playing chess.

It can take years to master the game of chess, but there are always ways to make it easier. Here are just some of the skills which are very beneficial to any aspiring chess player. Read this list and start preparing for winning many tournaments.


It is not enough to live in the present when you are playing chess. A good player will be able to think about his and his opponent’s next move. Or the next 20 moves. It is important to analyze the situation and know possible solutions, and this is how a good player starts preparing where to place his most important figures. This strategic instinct might help you to make the right decision.

Ability to take a risk

Sometimes your opponent might surprise you with a sudden move and you cannot allow to get confused by that. If you find yourself in a situation which you did not think through, do not be afraid to take a risky move. This scenario is not as good as the one where you plan everything 100%, but it is more possible. One of the ways to practice taking risks is through casino games. This is something you might not have yet considered, but it is a great way to gain this skill, and you can find out more here. Do not let your opponent win just because you chose to play it safe. Be bold.

Stress management 

Imagine this: your opponent seems to be stronger, and you end up in a complicated situation. What is your reaction? If you would get scared in such scenario, this is something that we would advise you to work on. It is completely normal to find yourself in a bad position, but good players know how to stay smart under strong pressure, and save any game which might look like it is completely lost already.

Adapting to the situation

If you are in a situation where nothing seems right, you need to be able to re-evaluate everything and start planning again. Any good chess player can adapt to even the worst situation and rise like a phoenix. The opponent can easily sense confusion and take advantage of that. Being able to adapt is a good way to avoid this mistake which could become catastrophic and ruin your chances of winning.

There are many skills which are very beneficial to chess players, and it takes a lot of time to truly be a professional player. However, if you can honestly say that you have mastered the skills which are mentioned above, you are on the right track.

How to learn Chess in one week?

Chess is a game of intellectual and a whole lot of concentration. Becoming a chess champ in a week is quite impossible as chess requires you to learn and give a great deal of practice but here is a list of steps on how to step on your first milestone in learning chess.

  1. Arrangements- as the Chess Board is set up, there are two sets. One set of pieces is the darker colour, and the other is lighter. Choose your settings and set them up on the board. This requires a certain way of positioning the pieces. The white set always moves first so who gets the white is black set is decided by the players Both sides should be arranged in the same way. The second row is filled with the pawns, and in the first row, the Rooks go in the both the corners, then next to it the Knights-both sides again, then followed by Bishops and the King and the Queen. The queen goes to her colour, if your queen is black in color-it goes to the black box and then the King on the remaining box
  2. Understand the moves – to start playing the game; you need to learn moves of each pawn. Every chess piece has a certain way of moving. Take for example- a pawn. It moves straight and can only attack from one angle, whereas a Knight can move in an L-shape , the Bishop moves at an angle but more than one box at a time, the Rook can only move in a straight line but can go in any direction, the King moves at grand pace with only one box at a time in any direction, the Queen is the strongest piece-it takes one move at a time but can go in any direction and any number of boxes.
  3. Rules-
    1. The pieces in the board cannot jump over other pieces, although the Knight can jump over other pieces, all pieces cannot move to the box where one of their own is standing but can kill the opponent off the board and stand in their place.
    2. The King is the most important piece of the game but is one of the weakest as it can move only one box at a time so it the rest of the pieces should protect their king or kill off the opponent’s King off the board. It is called ‘Check’ When the King is attacked.
    3. The Pawn may seem weak, but if it reaches the other side of the board, the Pawn can turn into any chess piece. Only Pawns can be promoted
  4. There are more special rules, but for now, this is the basics. If you want to improve, then there is no denying the fact that you need to play and practice often. Remember to protect your King and take care of your pieces as each piece is valuable.