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How can I move past classical openings?


  • 22 months ago · Quote · #61

    Expertise87

    Also your idea to 'punish' Black by exchanging Queens and leaving his King in the center isn't really a punishment at all, in fact you usually want your King in the center after exchanging Queens and a few pieces anyway so he's already there!

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #62

    iamdeafzed

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  • 22 months ago · Quote · #63

    TitanCG

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #64

    Remellion

    headbite wrote:

    Tell me what's so great about playing a 15 minute game against someone who is just going to trade off all the pieces and get to a drawn endgame? The idea that most long time control games are going to be high quality is stupid.

    This portion looks commentable. Firstly, long time control games may not all be high quality (look at my last few standard games, I missed pieces and missed mates) but they are better than blitz games. More time to think, fewer mistakes on average.

    Secondly, what makes you think people will just trade off pieces to reach a drawn endgame? There are multiple issues with that first quoted sentence:

    • Trading pieces is not easy. No trade is a fair trade, and part of playing good chess is being able to tell which trades benefit you or your opponent.
    • Trading pieces does NOT mean a drawn endgame. In fact, most endgames, by virtue of a slightly better-placed piece or pawn structure, are won for one side if the technique is there. Also, most people (myself included) tend to botch the endgame without even realising it, with the evaluation swinging from win to draw to loss to win in a few moves.
    • Is a drawn endgame boring? Useless? Not beneficial to your chess? As above, most people botch endgames and if you can notice these chances, grab them and throttle your opponents.
    • Even if the game is a draw, is it not instructive to play the game and see why it ended up a draw? If you're just mindlessly trading (or accepting trades of) pieces, that's not good chess, and is an area for improvement.
    • Do you consider a draw a waste of time?

    Well, not to launch a personal attack here. These are issues that many beginners (not just yourself) have. If you just want to have fun and improve at your own pace, what you're doing is fine. I play 5|0 for days I can't really be bothered to think and just want a quick fix too. But if you want to get serious and improve as fast as you can, then taking most of the sensible advice from the forum would be good.

    Also, to add on to deafzed's points, tactics are the foundation of chess. Strategy and planning means nothing if you miss your opponent's dropped pieces/tactics or worse, give your opponent free pieces/tactics. And talk of a chess "style" is not applicable until you're past 2700 FIDE. (Only half-sarcastic here, the point is that until you can thoroughly understand [?] any position on the board, there is not much style to talk about. Picking between entering dynamically balanced complications or an equal technical game is style. Missing a winning tactic just because you don't like forcing moves or the resulting complications is not style.)

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #65

    pawntoss

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #66

    headbite

    Tactics is a disaster....  I put a few days into the tactical trainer and big deal.....  I got up to 1400 according to the tactical trainer. Now my live games are horrible. Straight losses and I'm down to 1100 and falling.

    My defence is gone. I'm not paying attention to what my opponent is doing. I might as well be playing blind folded. I'm not reading the position and thinking of a plan. I'm not trying to get my pieces to work together towards that plan. I'm just stairing off into space waiting to find the tactic so I can get a cookie. 

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #67

    TitanCG

    Aaaaaaaand that's why you don't just play blitz. You just learned some new stuff and you simply won't be able to use it at speed yet. Everyone goes through this. 

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #68

    Expertise87

    You don't wait for tactics, you work to get positions where the tactics favor your plan. Tactics flow naturally from superior positions.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #69

    Time4Tea

    headbite wrote:

    Tactics is a disaster....  I put a few days into the tactical trainer and big deal.....  I got up to 1400 according to the tactical trainer. Now my live games are horrible. Straight losses and I'm down to 1100 and falling.

    My defence is gone. I'm not paying attention to what my opponent is doing. I might as well be playing blind folded. I'm not reading the position and thinking of a plan. I'm not trying to get my pieces to work together towards that plan. I'm just stairing off into space waiting to find the tactic so I can get a cookie. 

    If you're serious about improving then I strongly suggest you take a look at NM Dan Heisman's Novice Nook column:

    http://chesscafe.com/archives/archives.htm#Novice%20Nook

    He focuses a lot on developing your thought process, which is very important and something that just bashing away at the TT won't really teach you.  For example:  one of the first things you should be doing on your turn is looking at your opponent's move and figuring out why they made it - what threats are they making now that they weren't before?  Also, one of the main uses of tactics is actually defensive - to avoid giving tactical opportunities to your opponent, thus keeping your pieces safe.

    From what you say above, it sounds like your thought process needs some work.  Also, playing longer time controls would help you to improve it.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #70

    PAWadstensvik

    Ziryab wrote:
    pit99 wrote:

     my rating (national as i dont have fide) is 854, i usually play against people at 1300-1400 etc, and i win most of those games, 

    Ratings are math. The math does not work that way.

    well thats how it is, my rate:854 (now its actually 1012 though) and i beat players at 1300-1400                   rating is not everything!

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #71

    headbite

    http://www.chess.com/article/view/amateur-opening-preparation-the-evidence

    This article seems to match with my experience. It references some openings I've tried and has a lot of ideas for openings I havn't tried yet.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #72

    iamdeafzed

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