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Well, here's some advice from someone who is better than a beginner, but much worse than a master.

I don't have a board in front of me to offer specific move advice, but here are some general thoughts.

5. h4 dxe4
6. Rh3 Qd4
7. Rh1 Qxb2

You just spent 3 moves trying to get your rook into play. Generally speaking, it is better to keep the rooks on the back rank in the opening stages and use castling to both move your rook towards the center and protect your king.

My overall plan in the opening is to control as much of the center as possible and find good places for my bishops and knights. Note that this doesn't necessarily mean *occupying* the center, just controlling it.

There are a lot of chess books on openings out there, including stuff online. A google search should yield lots of results for you. A better player than me can recommend which books are better than others.

11. Bxf5 (to complete the plan) Bxf5 (rats. I didn't see that possibility. You think that might be something to work on??)

Well, that happens to the best of us. In the recent match between the world champion and the best computer chess program the human grandmaster missed a one-move mate. If you are playing speed chess, then I'd recommend starting with slower or untimed games, especially against a computer who will wait forever for you. You will pick up common mistakes since you'll make them over and over. :)

Probably the best advice is to play more often. In high school I improved my play dramatically when I joined a local club that met at a community center once a week. Playing against people better than me, I think I won 2 games in the first 2 months, but I got better quickly.

Good luck!

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