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How to be calm in chess

Beginners always have a problem psychologically dealing with higher rated players (Sometimes i do too) but the thing is that they are scared of a loss. And MANY MANY times when they come close to a win they become slightly overconfident and end up miscalculating moves.

The trick to be calm in chess is to think that once your opponents were beginners too.They are humans.They too, make errors.When you are close to winning your adreneline starts pumping. To overcome this take a deep breath and calculate your variations neatly.Rememer the hardest thing to do in chess is winning a won position.

In a loss do not go in a spiral downfall.Think about the neatest way you can get out of the trap.If you lose think about the experience that you have gained. Proceed with this in your mind while playing chess games.And remember practice makes a man perfect.(well, almost ) 

Comments


  • 16 months ago

    deven98

    @PureSlytherin : I do not mind the criticism but what do you expect me to improve?

  • 16 months ago

    PureSlytherin

    Rubbish

  • 17 months ago

    Skand

    @ja734: IMO if your 'overly' cautious moves are winning you games, you are doing good. The 'smart' moves will become part of your game once you master the 'overly' cautious moves, I feel.

  • 17 months ago

    ja734

    i actually have the opposite problem. when i get into a winning position i tend to get overly cautious, and have ignored good moves because they lead to some sort of complications.

  • 17 months ago

    Skand

    Good advice. And always, most importantly during last stages of winning, before making the move, pause and ask yourself, "Am I committing a blunder?" See black in this game (wonderful 40th move) http://www.chess.com/groups/team_match?id=253468

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