Getting Into Chess
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Getting Into Chess

5 Common Beginner Chess Mistakes

If you’re new to chess, make sure to avoid these common pitfalls.

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Over the past month I’ve been relearning chess, and I’ve caught myself making a lot of common beginner mistakes in the process. There are a few bad habits that nearly all beginners seem to fall into, and the sooner we can break them, the sooner our games will improve.




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