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i don't know
I fail A LOT sometimes... how do I stop making mistakes?
Well, first and foremost, take more time to think on each move (preferrably on you opponent's turn) so you don't overlook any blunders or obvious threats or recaptures.
Once that becomes instinct, read a chess book (not video; they're for beginners).
Playing more may cause the same mistakes to happen more and more. The main reason I lose in blitz/bullet is losing on time or getting pressure because of time.
play long games to improve
You need to reject all notions of perfection and approach defeat with a healthy organic relationship.
It's not easy, as none of us like to lose, however accepting defeat and learning from it is the first step to self improvement.
The rest is study and practise, don't get caught up in looking for instant results. Just take your time and enjoy the game, the rest should follow over time.
Josh Waitzkin explains it far better than I do in his book: The Art of Learning.
In terms of chess try out ChessMaster, as it's packed full of lessons by him.
Unknown, you'll make some 100-200 pt gains if you stop playing those blitz games. They make you rush your moves and make mistakes. Better to get it right first. Like FrootLoop said, play long slow games where you have time to think AND always go back and study your games and see where you went wrong. I did these two things and my game so far has jumped 150 points and still improving.
IMHO It's one thing to improve by reviewing your games absolutely. But if you don't understand the principle behind why certain moves were incorrect or not the best, you won't improve. You'll say, "Oh wow, I shouldn't have done that" But that doesn't help you in the future to prevent that mistake again. What helped me what learning the thinking process and really getting a solid list of priorities in any position. Sacing pieces works well sometimes because the priorities of the position change. In the middle game, pawn moves may not be the best answer and you can often give up pawns for a better position. But that wouldn't apply to the endgame where every pawn could be essential. I don't know. There comes a time when you start learning how to protect a square, advance pawns safely, create a space advantage and take advantage of the other players mistakes. But of course, you'll need to know exactly WHY they're mistakes to begin with. What does that mistake give up? etc Just me though.
1. Do tactics everyday chess.com TT or chesstempo.com
2. Go through master games. After 7-10 moves try to guess the next move white and black
3. Get yourself a book and start studying
4. Analyze your games find ATLEAST 1 mistake and think why you did it time pressure ? didn't calculated ? find this and in the next game if you have a similiar situation remember the game you lost by your mistake
my mistake was that I was in defence bad could not find a good defensive move result = got mated why I did did not calculate enough
result = calculate more when defending
5. Play long games 30 min or longer try to analyze different varations and find the best move but don't play fast in a slow game
Read the following essay and follow its advice:
Time and work
Thanks for the advice. I review my only my tournament games in reality. A play a lot of people who are sort of like me: they play pretty well while making a few mistakes a occasionally a blunder. I won a tournament while beating a 3 of them on time (Time control was 30 min. 5 second delay).
I just started using chessbase 11 with mega database to run my critical positions when I go over my USCF games. Its quite cool to see how gm from other games reacted to some opening themes or ideas.
I don't really understand the comment "not videos, they're for beginners." There are clearly some pretty advanced videos out there not meant for beginners. I think it is misleading to steer someone away from a resource like videos when there are clearly a lot of really good ones out there for all levels.
I think playing unrated games against similiar rated players is great a way to learn. Since it is unrated (and only ego is at stake), you are more free to talk through the moves. Another alternative is to find someone that is willing to talk after the game. You'd be surprised how often you are making the same mistake.
Videos are probably the worst way to spend one's time. If you know how to read, please read a book.
How so? What content can be conveyed via a book but not a video?
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