I’ve been asked whether this site will have any type of information on chess strategies for beginners. Even my older brother has asked me to give him some tips on improving his chess (he’s just now learning the moves). Well, the short answer is YES! Although, most of this site will cater to those chess amateurs who have tried unsuccessfully at becoming a chess Expert or Master.
However, you cannot become a moderately successful chess player until you learn basic strategies. I will provide a small section of this site for those players who are just starting out on the journey to chess improvement.
Most of what will be available for beginners will focus on chess tactics. This is simply because tactics is the fastest way to chess improvement. My suggestion for beginners is to first learn how the pieces move, then learn some very basic mating techniques, such as Queen+King vs King, and Rook+King vs King. From there, I would focus solely on tactics, learning basic tactical patterns, such as skewer, pin, back rank mate, double attack, double check, and other typical mating patterns.
An excellent book on all of this is Comprehensive Chess Course, Volume I: Learn Chess in 12 Lessons by Roman Pelts and Grandmaster Lev Alburt. I wish I had this book available to me when I was first starting out on my journey to chess mastery 26 years ago.
Actually, the entire Comprehensive Chess Course books are highly recommended, but they get progressively advanced (there are 7 books), so for beginners, Volume I is all you need. It’ll teach you how to write down the moves of the game so you can read chess books and even review games that you played. This is the book I use when coaching new students as it reads like a textbook, review questions and all.
I encourage anyone who has questions to please leave feedback below. Also, if you are an experienced player and you have other book recommendations, I encourage you to use the comments section below.