Originally Posted by kwilkinson
+1. It's freakin sad.
I should really use my games against him as a learning resource, but I'm normally so pissed and dumbfounded I can't learn from it.
I picked up Chess for Idiots today. While the foreword was a bit difficult to get through, I have full confidence that soon I will slay the dragon Grimslade.
Kwilkinson. This will be the only useful thing I've ever said to you. Check out The Amateur's Mind. This is THE beginner chess book:http://www.amazon.com/Amateurs-Mind-...2387628&sr=8-1
It goes through the misconceptions that amateurs have about the game and shows why they're wrong. You can't learn from GM games because there are so many lines that they simply don't consider because of prior analysis. Those, however, are the lines that amateurs play and Jeremy Silman shows you why they're wrong and how to beat opponents who play them. I would give you my copy, but it's that valuable of a book. Very, very, eye opening and easy to follow (same goes for his other book, How to Reassess Your Chess).
At the same time or after read My System by Aron Nimzovich.