Last Call: Help Me, I Want To Learn To Play Chess

Dear Takeout readers: I have a request.

This week, I was struck by an urge to learn to play chess. I've never expressed any interest in 30-odd years, but all of a sudden I was mesmerized by the game. Maybe there's a certain nobility in playing chess that feels prim and proper, and now I want to learn everything about it.

I'm starting from scratch. I don't even remember which way the pieces move without referring to a guide. So tell me: Are there books, videos, websites I should pick up to help me learn and appreciate the game? Please tell me in the comments below.

Enjoy the long weekend, everyone. We've got a lot of exciting changes coming to the site next week.

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