So I bought the chess ultra game on xbox one back in December. I played for a little but shelved it. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and really dug into it. It has tutorials that I followed and took notes. I got pretty deep into it. I have the training wheels on so to speak. It shows where your pieces can move. It doesn't show where the computer can move of course. I've gotten to many stalemates. So many so that it was discouraging. The game does have a rewind feature so I was able to finally work my way into a few wins after stalemating. Miraculously I did finally beat the computer friday! That was very satisfying. especially seeing the achievement pop up for the first time. Two things: * I think I'm too aggressive in trying to clear the board * I'm still having difficulty realizing what constitutes a checkmate Basically I leave myself open when I'm aggressing and get Trapped. Also I end up stalemating even when I have four or more pieces to just two or three opponent pieces. While I have the move indicators on I'm trying to identify which places are advantageous to move my remaining pieces to block the king. But I still have only won outright once. A question and a request: * should I start playing without the move indicator to get a more intuitive feel without relying on the aid? _____ (I do have a good feel for bishops rooks and pawns - it's just queens and knights during check that are really tripping me up)____ * please feel free to suggest youtube tutorials or websites for aspiring novices. I never thought I'd get into chess. I never saw the appeal until I really tried it. Thanks for your help!