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andy2001
12-02-2008, 09:16 AM
Hello -
I just finished working on a tutorial for beginning chess players and was hoping to get some feedback or constructive criticism on how well i did, whether or not I missed anything important, or whether I need to make anything more clear. Here it is: http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Play_Chess
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

ElevatorEscapee
12-02-2008, 01:58 PM
Hi Andy, at a quick glance it's looking good! :)

Just a couple of suggestions:

i) In regards to your second comment re check:
Whenever you move one of your pieces into a "Checking" position, you MUST let your opponent know by verbally saying "Check".
According to the current FIDE rules, a player is not legally obliged to actually say the word "check". This applies as well to the third comment about promotion.

ii) It may be beneficial for new players to learn how to read chess notation (ie how the moves are written down). To have the board as a grid is a great start, I think that players would benefit from a short game demonstrating notation.

eg:

Scholars Mate: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qa5 Nf6?? 4.Qxf7 checkmate.
Fools Mate: 1.g4 e5 2.f4?? Qh4 checkmate.
Blackburne Shilling Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4?! 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxf7? Qxg2 8.Rf1 Qxe4+ 9.Be2 Nf3 checkmate.

Best of luck with your site! :D