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I just beat the level 1 on Chess Titans, it's pretty easy and so a good place to start for a beginner.
The thing to keep in mind, with each move you make and each move the opponent makes is basically: what does this mean for me?
If the computer moves a piece somewhere, look at all the places that piece could move next. Are any of your pieces at risk? And vice versa, before you move a piece, make sure that it isn't going to be easily taken by your opponent afterwards.
Eventually you'll be able to think 'several moves ahead' which is just building upon this core/key idea.
Of course you can purposely move pieces into a position for them to be taken, this is where the strategy and tactics come in.
To me chess is always something better played on an actual board and with an actual person. You'd be surprised at the sorts of people who play so maybe ask around. You can get sets for under a tenner.
I'd personally rank the value of the pieces as such (ignoring the king because he's got shit to do).
Rook aka Castle
Bishop / Knight aka Horsey (I'd put those two on the same level though probably favour the Knight myself)
You don't want to be losing your Queen unless it means your taking theirs (or that victory will then be imminent and certain for you).
Assuming you understand the concept of checkmate, you'll want to take the time to understand 'stalemate'.
I can't speak of 'plays' beyond this. Look up 'fools mate' and I think it's called 'scholars mate'. The former is merely something to avoid, the latter is a powerful play that will ensure you a quick victory over anyone who isn't aware of it. Even if they are / or if they do something that prevents it, the strategy is a good one to apply.
Think that's it. I'm slowly getting drunk as my whisky quickly goes down. No amount of chess has prepared me for this.