he mechanics of moving chess pieces is mastered after playing a few games. The ability to win at chess is another matter. It is often said that one must see several moves in advance to win at chess. But there are often many options for moves. Seeing several moves does not mean knowing what an opponent will choose, it means forcing the opponent's choice.
Studying chess requires breaking the game down into the beginning game, the middle game, and the end game. While it may sound wrong, start your study of chess with the middle game. The strategies of the opening and the middle game are the same, and the tactics of the middle game apply whenever you can utilize them. Study both strategy and tactics.
The study of the beginning is not that different from the study of the middle game, except much of the work has already been done by others and published. Learn from a good book. And if that book also explains why things are done you will also improve your middle game.
When there are few pieces, the approach is much different. The end game is one of the most difficult parts of the game to master.
Know the rules. It is inconsequential if you have a great material advantage if you allow your opponent to find a place where there is no move. If your opponent is not in check, the game is a draw. Always be careful.
In tournament play be mindful of the clock. Even if you can force checkmate in one or two moves, once your time expires you lose.
It is recommended that you purchase a minimum of five good chess books, one giving the official rules, one on modern chess openings, a tactics book, a strategy book, and an end game book. The details are so great that one book is insufficient.