If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Sunday, February 12, 2017

What I wrote for a beginner at Lichess.org

I looked at your last game. Never move the same piece twice until you are done developing all your pieces. There are exceptions but those exceptions are rare.

"In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else. For whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and opening must be studied in relation to the end game."
-- Jose Raul Capablanca

I recommend "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings: 60 Complete Games" by Irving Chernev. Mr. Chernev makes endgames interesting instead of tedious.

One more thing: Take advantage of the Lichess feature called "Learn from your mistakes" which you should use after every game.

Another one more thing: Never play blitz because it's not real chess. 10+0 works for me but you might want to try 10+10. 

The most brilliant thing you ever did was discover this place. For studying chess and playing chess this is the best website in the universe.

https://en.lichess.org/forum/general-chess-discussion/newbie-player-here?page=2

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