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When I'm playing at my best, I've tended to play somewhere around a 1600-1800 level. I've beat several 1900's, including one that was such an upset it got published. However, whenever I play someone who's anywhere above 2000, I always seem to collapse. I've played really good games against them, and I've even been in situations where 30 or 40 moves in the game is even. I always seem to make one mistake or miscalculation that makes me collapse. Is there any sort of chess advice that would benefit me here, or is it entirely psychological?
Ive beaten players rated higher than me by simply doing these things (although i forget to heed them sometimes):
1. Play moves not for the sake of just playing them, meaning, always plan something at least 2 or three moves deep all the time. we are all humans an opponent will have a tendency to not see em and so do you if your opponent keeps doing so. Pins, forks traps, even threats of mate keep creating one all the time.
2. Never go for exchanges that would benefit your opponent. The things that might help him: time, space and good squares.
3.Never ever go and exchange pieces just for the sake of going into an endgame unless it wouyld benefit you by having an advantage or much more an innitiative.
4. Dont burn bridges: when you start to go for an all out war make sure you can have something to hold on to when its been refuted ( im always guilty of this lol)
5. Lastly..dont doubt your strength and play the game like its the best of you always,
Hope it helps.
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