Is Chess Hard to Learn? Where should I start?

Chess is widely considered to be one of the most difficult board games to learn. However, this reputation may not be deserved.

Chess can be hard to learn for beginners, but with a little effort and practice, anyone can become a proficient player. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the basics of chess that you need to know to start playing.

We will also provide tips on how you can improve your game. So if you are interested in learning more about chess, keep reading!

Is Chess Hard to Learn?

This is a question that people often pose to me, and I think it’s one of the most important questions that someone interested in chess should ask themselves. If you’re reading this blog then you’re probably already past the stage where you want to know whether playing chess is fun (and hopefully you answer yes), but now you want to know whether you stand any chance of reaching a decent level.


It’s not an easy question to answer, because it depends on your attitude and how much effort you’re willing to put in. However, I think that if you asked most chess players who started playing at different ages, then the following list of priorities would be pretty accurate:

The list in order of priority

  1. How much do I enjoy playing the game?
  2. How hard does it feel to get from one level to the next?
  3. Do I have a realistic chance of becoming a master if I work hard enough, and how many hours am I likely to need? Essentially this is about talent, but it’s also about how much work you’re prepared to put in.
  4. How hard do I find it to learn the rules, and are there any good books on this subject?
  5. Is chess a satisfying game that I want to keep playing?

This is often linked with 5 because if you get bogged down trying to memorize loads of opening variations it will alter the way you perceive chess as a whole.


I think these priorities (at least for me) are also linked with how people learn differently, and I’ll discuss this at greater length in another post. What’s important to remember is that your answers to numbers 1-4 might be very different from someone else’s, and that’s fine.


Number 5 is something that most people value, but often overlook because they’re too focused on whether chess is ‘hard’. If you can find a nice club with an inspiring teacher where everybody gets along with each other, then I’d say it’s worth signing up immediately!


The best advice I can give you is this: If you’re not enjoying playing chess then it’s very unlikely that you’ll improve much! This could be because the club environment isn’t right for you, or maybe other things in your life are getting in the way.


If you enjoy playing chess but don’t think it can become a hobby, I still think there’s a good chance of you improving and having fun. However, I wouldn’t call that ‘learning’ chess; it might be more appropriate to say that you’re slowly becoming better at playing chess.


If learning is hard (and if you want to become good) then I think it’s best not to fool yourself into thinking that the game will always be fun. Learning should be hard, but it’s worth it in the end.

Why is Chess so Hard?

I think that learning chess is hard because it forces you to think in patterns, rather than pictures.

Why is Chess so Hard?
Why is Chess so Hard?

Of course, if you’ve ever played a game of chess then there are plenty of ‘pictures’ that should spring to mind when I mention this idea; talking about specific positions tends to be very effective! But the main point is not knowing these pictures, but being able to process them quickly enough.


This problem is exacerbated by the fact that chess involves so many branches of thought. Even if you have an hour or two to spare, it’s not always possible to work out all of your moves within this time frame! This becomes especially important when thinking about combinations that are difficult because they require a specific order of moves to be calculated.


In this sense, I think that the original advice given to beginners by chess books probably isn’t so bad: Just move your pieces, don’t worry about thinking too much just yet! Why try and overcomplicate the task at hand when there’s plenty of time for that later.

How Long Will it Take to Learn Chess?

I think that it takes about a year to learn all the opening moves, around three years for good play and 5-6 years to become a master.


But there’s no fixed time, many people will play for years and still not become masters. You can also take shortcuts, like knowing the right opening moves – that will get you a long way in a reasonable time.

Is Chess the Hardest Game in The World?

Chess is one of the hardest games in the world. It can be played by children as young as 5, and people well into their nineties, but it still challenges everyone who plays.


Chess has changed very little in the almost hundred years since its creation, but over this time it has remained one of the most popular games in the world. It is difficult to play well and requires a great amount of intellectual ability which is why it can be considered one of the hardest games in the world.

What is The Best Age to Start Playing Chess?

The best time to begin learning chess is when you are young. When kids are young, they can spend quite a lot of time concentrating on what they’re doing. This is why it’s usually better to start learning chess when the child is young because there’s more time for them to play and learn.


As kids get older, their interests change, which means that if you wait until they are teenagers before learning how to play chess then they might not be interested in learning anymore.

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