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gta3master2987 16 ( +1 | -1 )
hardest aspect of chess to learn which aspect of chess was the hardest/took you the longest to master, or atleast get familiar with? which aspects have you not become familiar with yet?
adrianallen 34 ( +1 | -1 )
The hardest Part was when I just started, learning how to checkmate/win. The concept of winning when you start playing is probably what I found the hardest.

Timing my attack is the bit I seem to get wrong the most these days, either I attack to early and lose on the counter, or I wait too long and end up struggling to get my pieces back to defend my king.
gta3master2987 39 ( +1 | -1 )
oh yeah... my experiences the hardest thing for me to do was get my openings down... when I was about 10-15 years old playing chess, I had alot of trouble with openings... I had no idea what I was doing... if I could be lucky enough to get through the opening in decent shape, I usaully won 90% of my games. I have, in the past 8 years or so greatly improved my openings. This happened when I decided to get more serious about chess.
cairo 54 ( +1 | -1 )
The hardest part is to understand that the time has come were your winning attack is no longer a winning attack, but in best case you can still have a draw. In most cases I found that one loses the game!
Also the endgames is hard but also very enjoyable to study. Even the most simple positions, can give you some very surpricing solutions!

I recommend study of endgame, enjoy :-))

Best wishes
rafaelluiz 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Really... The endgame is for me the hardest part to learn in chess, because it has many possibilities and the position is not always good for me :o)

v_glorioso12 17 ( +1 | -1 )
i think the hardest part of chess i have learned (so far, i still have A LOT to learn) is the initiative. like, sacrificing a pawn or two to get a good attack, and controlling your opponent...
edmaster 7 ( +1 | -1 )
rebras 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Concepts of various openings That took time...especially in the 70's when there were few players near me who could help. Learning that on my own was the Internet makes it much, much easier for those of us who live in a small community and no where near GM's or great teachers.

gta3master2987 1 ( +1 | -1 )
brobishkin 48 ( +1 | -1 )
Hardest part... One of the hardest parts of playing chess is coming up with a plan in a given position... Formulating a plan took my a long time to acheive and I still work on it today... It takes being familiar with ever aspect of the game, from the opening to the endgame... To have the ability of conducting a plan from the chosen opening all the way to the endgame with clarity, firmness and complete familiarity with all its tricks and tactics is the sign of a first class master...
gambitnut 5 ( +1 | -1 )
I dont know I'm not world champion yet so whatever it is, I haven't learned it yet!
finduriel 30 ( +1 | -1 )
The endgame I'm hopelessly lost in any endgame that's more complicated than king and rook against king. Maybe I shouldn't give that away so freely... I usually do all I can to end the game in the middlegame. The more of my pieces point towards my opponent's king, the happier I am, generally.


ddrfreak101 4 ( +1 | -1 )
I also find openings hard I am just starting to get my openings down
axedrez 48 ( +1 | -1 )
silverwolfwsc 13 ( +1 | -1 )
For me... I find the opening and middlegame (Tactics) to be a lot easier than the endgame. That seems to be where i start to fall down.

judokausa 12 ( +1 | -1 )
hardest part The hardest part for me was remembering that the black square goes on the right... err i mean the white square... Darn it!!
premium_steve 17 ( +1 | -1 )
yeah..... my dog can learn openings. ideas & tactics are hard to learn, i think, for almost everybody. but maybe i'm only saying that because my particular ideas and tactics are bad! :)
silverwolfwsc 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Thats one.. smart dog you have...
macheide 49 ( +1 | -1 )
gta3master2987 Dear friend,

I learned to play at a very early age. I'm almost 44 years old, and I learned to play in a very classical way.

To me, the most difficult step, was to learn that all the sacred Steinitzian and Nimzowitshian rules was guides not rules. Very good guides that are valid in 70 or 75% of the positions. But Chess theory is growing every day, and I had to admit that many of my childhood dogmas had their exceptions. Today Chess is played in a very different way than 40 years ago.

Best regards.
indiana-jay 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Making a brave decision: to decide when to start a complicated game. The rule is simple: the opponent is more theory-minded and experienced but we have better brain, or, we are in a loosing position that will step by step lead to a complete lost (unless we know that the opponent is less proficient in endgames)

This decision takes courage! It has been proven effective, but those adrenalines...
crazycanuck 50 ( +1 | -1 )
uuuummmmmm Hardest Part?? The opening, one wrong move and it's over. The middlegame, the wrong tatctics and timing and it's over. The endgame, the wrong position and it's over. lol. I think that it doesn't matter at what level you participate on it can all be very difficult. Thats y we play the game!! The best part of the game is the inventiveness of the players' that get into trouble in ssssssssssooooooooooo many positions. Thats the intriguing part of the game, we mess up and leave it to our imagination to bail us out of poor positions. Good Luck to all in their games.
indiana-jay 110 ( +1 | -1 )
I agree with crazycanuck, the best part is in the middle game. You can learn opening theory and endgames, but no such clear theory in the middle game. This is where your full potentialities (brain) should have been utilized. Once you have mastered endgames, this is also where you should drive the game to end up in your anticipated/expected winning endgame position.

Endgames is a lot lot more difficult than opening. In endgames, there are so many things (or tricks, or rules) you have to remember. In opening, you don’t need to remember any standard openings. Just stick with a few basic positional theory, and you will end up in one of those standard openings. And if your opponent is doing a stupid opening, or even a gambit, with those basic theories you will end up in a winning middle game position. But this winning middle game position, means a win only to players with ELO above 2000 :(

That’s what I’ve learnt many years ago before I quit playing (amateur) chess.
judokausa 34 ( +1 | -1 )
the beauty of chess is,.. there is no easy part of chess. Openings, middle game, end game are all equally difficult. If openings were easy then Novelties wouldnt me as meaningful as they are. Middle games are a pain. End games are equally difficult. the hardest part of chess is sitting down at the board and trying to figure all these problems out.
jean-marc 18 ( +1 | -1 )
second last mistake... You're right about one wrong move and it's all over. Some wise Grand Master once said: " chess, the winner is the player who makes the second last mistake."
jean-marc 18 ( +1 | -1 )
second last mistake... You're right about one wrong move and it's all over. Some wise Grand Master once said: " chess, the winner is the player who makes the second last mistake."
dorisia 3 ( +1 | -1 )
second last mistake Tartakower said that.
bigt2555 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Hardest part I have found the hardest part to learn is to be patient with yourself while you are learning and playing the game. Often times I when I am playing a game I see what I think is a really good move. And I used to just take that move. Now I have learned, and I am still learning, that it is best to keep that good move in the back of your mind, be patient, and look for an even better move.

By the way that was a good question gta3master2987.

Kind Regards,
metaphoriceagle 24 ( +1 | -1 )
The Hardest part is the openning for me. I had no idea on which move to play 2 years ago but now I have some ideas but not really! I still have a lot to work on my openning. Sometimes I struggle in my end game but don't make any blunders, I think. My blunders are left for middle game. ;)
tulkos 3 ( +1 | -1 )
me, I donno, maybe the openings and tactics?
drgandalf 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Endings Many have posted here that the endgame is a difficult part of chess. I have found that also. So, I wrote my own book on the subject, from the point of view of an intermediate class player. My book is geared top those whose endgame is quite primitive, yet useful to players rated as high as 1600 GK.

Please contact me, if you feel you would like more information.
freakiestpeter 45 ( +1 | -1 )
hello the hardest part for me was to learn to be patient... wait, wait, and wait... and kill whan you can!! i mean, i lost several games that were won because of be impatient and made a movement without consider it in all his efects... suddenly you lost your piece... dawn!!! all for be impatient and try to mate on the next!!!
when i suppered this phase, i believe that the ausence of a defiened well-thinked tactic is the most common of the reasons of the lost