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game 38 ( +1 | -1 )
how to improve my chess ive been playing chess for 3 years now and i do not feel that i have gotten any better over the past year or so. i do not read books or analyze my games because i do not understand them. i dont understand positioning well or the concepts around controlling the center of the board and these types of things. are there any sites or books to read that would help me out.
adrianallen 47 ( +1 | -1 )
For books Start with strategy books. If you don't have good control of the centre If you make a king or queen side attack you may be destroyed on the counter-attack.

You should aim to have control of the centre before trying anything like a pawn storm. This can be done by having well protected pawns in the centre or by blocking there pawns with yours.

I just go to the library and get books, there are some good ones and some bad ones.
brobishkin 90 ( +1 | -1 )
Gameman.. Start with some basic books on chess... That is a good way to start understanding the concepts of chess... Like Adrian has stated "start with stategy books" but make sure you get some books on chess terminology so you understand the chess jargon in these strategy books...

Number two is you are going to have to start writing down all your games in notation (get a book on notation if needed) but it's an absolute must that you study your own games (and writing them down makes this process much easier)... Only when you study your own mistakes, can you start correcting them... But you must start with book study to know exactly where you went wrong...

A chess tutor (if you can afford one) is a huge plus if you want to play at tournament level... Though it's not an absolute must, it does help immensely...

nwadvana 119 ( +1 | -1 )
You have a good rating, and from that i can reccommend a few books which will help you immensly if you work through them properly.

How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess-Mastery Course By Jeremy Silman.

A wonderful book, which will teach you how to disect positions in to imbalances which you can work with. A MUST have for the aspiring player. From my own experience, after reading through this book, i gained 400 points in my rating.

Comprehensive Chess Course: From Beginner to Tournament Player in 12 Lessons

A first of a series designed to take the begginer into a expert player with close study of this book. A very good book, which slowly guides the reader through different concepts of chess, and then ending them with tests. Apparantly this was the "secret" method used by the Soviet schools of chess. I think there is no secret in here, but just a exellent chess book.

The above mentioned books will help you understand chess better, if you put some effort into it. Buying the books alone will not make you better :-)
tulkos 30 ( +1 | -1 )
for a beginning player, you need to learn tactics, and sharpen your skills in that area. Strategy will not make you a better player unless you study tactics first. Two good books for learning tactics are 1001 winning chess sacrifices and combinations and 1001 brilliant wayst to Checkmate.
adrianallen 4 ( +1 | -1 )
I thought Strategy and tactics went together??
nwadvana 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes they do, tactics and combinations found in books are the fruits of good strategy and positional play. Indeed Tactics should be learnt first, and the various themes involved. Basic tactics should be mastered, before going on to positional aspects of the game.