Last December I started learning chess. I always knew how the pieces move but never had any more serious knowledge and tactics. So I signed up on chess.com, got my beginners rating of 800 in online correspondence games. As the rating for new players is very volatile, it spiked up to 1100 after few lucky wins and fell down to 730 soon after when the reality hit me. From there I’ve been working my way up and now, three months and 73 finished games later, my rating stands at 1000, which I believe is not far from the truth.
In addition to playing games, I did read the beginners material about forks, pins, skewers etc. on chesstactics and do the 5 tactics trainers that chess.com free account allows in addition to 15mins chess puzzle training on lichess where even a free account can do unlimited training.
I am also reading three very good chess books from Jeremy Silman to further gain knowledge of tactics and strategy.
Feel free to challenge me for a game on chess.com!