I am new to the game and I so far like it. I have watched people on the internet play, tried to copy their moves and have been maintaining an 800 rating on Chess.com and around 1000 on Lichess. I have played around 70 rated games (both sites and 1/2 minute blitz games full of blunders included) at most so the rating may not be accurate. I never read a book nor watched a complete tutorial video of chess. I read on this site that developing tactics and recognizing checkmate patterns would be a decent start instead of worrying about theory; and based on this, I downloaded the following books :
- John Nunn : 1001 deadly checkmates
- John Nunn : Learn Chess Tactics
- The Soviet Chess Primer
And started to play tactics on Lichess. I don't have a type that I play, I try any puzzle that the site gives me.
I was planning to learn and try out different openings, probably with one of the Italian game, the Berlin Defence and the Ruy Lopez. There is no particular reason why I chose these, it's just that the usual 1. e4 openings start that way. The London opening looks a tad common at this level, although too many people just do not like this for its uncreative starting moves. My questions :
- Have I chosen the right books or do I need to modify the list? I am looking to absolutely dedicate my chess study time to not more than two books at the moment: suggest me which two out of these should I go with, or if there's anything better, what should that be in your opinion.
- Do I work on my opening repertoire now on one of those I mentioned above? (I think the "start with 1. e4, develop the minor pieces, control the center, castle" feels monotonous after a point.) Or read books on middle/end games?
- I don't think (say) in a 1-hour long tutorial video one is able to memorize all of it in one go especially when one is new to the game. I intend to to cross 1500 on Chess.com and participate in OTB tournaments (not to pursue to a professional career but rather for fun) in the next 6 months. I am in college and I can spend not more than 2 hours a day on an average. Is it too much to ask for? (It absolutely does not mean I will discontinue Chess otherwise, I am just trying to have that as a goal.)
- Am I going to face absolute rookie opponents on my first OTB? What type of preparation am I going to witness?