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Why am I getting so much worse?


  • 10 months ago · Quote · #21

    duck29

    the tactics problems will definetly help you but you cant be good at chess even with lots of tactics if u naturally suck, lets say you arent very logical u dont have patience to think ahead u are scared to play the out of the ordinary moves, then yeah ull hit a rating wall at 1300 even with lots of tactics

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #22

    waffllemaster

    StartlingNewEvidence wrote:

    Oh. Sorry for the inaccurate correction. This Heisman guy must have been a bit of an idiot to give something so simple such a missleading name.

    Haha at cognitive dissonance.  Don't take it so personally.

    Actually he's a well respected author and trainer, having written well received books and a ton of useful articles at chesscafe.com over the last 10 years or so aimed at helping beginners improve.

    Making a threat and hoping your opponent doesn't see it is useful advice for a beginner on what not to do, I agree.  Playing a move and, for example, assuming a capture, recapture, or some other unforced reaction while ignoring important moves is a mistake that creeps in many more player's games.

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #23

    StartlingNewEvidence

    waffllemaster wrote:

    Making a threat and hoping your opponent doesn't see it is useful advice for a beginner on what not to do, I agree.  Playing a move and, for example, assuming a capture, recapture, or some other unforced reaction while ignoring important moves is a mistake that creeps in many more player's games.

    Agreed. The word hope simply doesn't describe this though lol. Not completing the proper prcedure for soemthing is not the same as hoping that you can get away with not completing it. You may just not understand what you were supposed to do or have forgotten on this occasion to do it. Anyway, I'm not arguing with you, just that stupid term.

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #24

    waffllemaster

    At least people remember it even if they don't know what it is hah.

    I guess the name could be better.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #25

    tubebender

    minor7b5 wrote:

    I have practicing a lot of tactics on chess tempo, but it seems the more tactics I practice and the better I get on chesstempo, the worse my playing gets. I've just can't seem to win any games against anyone who's 1200 or higher anymore. It seems that no matter what I do, they have always calculated one move further and what I thought was a great tactical idea turns out to be a losing move.

    You just are not very good and that`s about it. You can get better, grasshopper, but you have to work very, very hard to even show slight improvement. Give it a shot.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #26

    Somebodysson

    chessjelly wrote:

    Is this about playing over the Net or face to face chess? There are different psychological & physiological processes in each which could affect performance. My hearbeat remains stable when I play online and I don't drink so much water :)

    hahaha, totally. My heart is a serious liability in face to face chess!

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #27

    chessica

    Because you need a break :D

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #28

    Somebodysson

    waffllemaster wrote:

    At least people remember it even if they don't know what it is hah.

    I guess the name could be better.

    never thought about this before, but wafflemaster's point is good. 'Unfalsified' chess just doesn't have the same ring to it. 

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #29

    netzach

    Do not think playing endless hours of blitz/bullet chess makes a chessplayer.

    That's like indulging in "snap" at cards.

    This thread highlights the need to play longer games where can concentrate/think about the moves.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #30

    EDB123

    If you lose too many in a row, stop, and take a good night's sleep. Cleaar your mind and resume in the morning.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #31

    Xilmi

    Opening principles and knowing basic strategical ideas are necessary to get into a position where you have tactics in your favour.

    In my ongoing online-game I made a stupid hope-chess-move in the opening. I got the deserved punishment which is that I lost my castling-rights and cannot bring one of my rooks into play.

    Now I have to find moves where I must prevent losing something while having less material.

    Tactically that's very challenging and so far I've always found a move that thwarthed the worst threads. (often enough by posing threads myself)

    However, if my opponent doesn't blunder, which is likely, I cannot really hope to win. No matter ho good my tactics are. He always had the additional ressource because I lack the undeveloped rook.

    The mistake I made was a simple "brought out queen too early". He skewered a pawn behind the Queen and while I got one of his pawns in exchange the taking of my pawn, unfortunately also was a check.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #32

    EDB123

    We live, we learn. Keep it simple and don't lose material stupidly.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #33

    sonicbash206

    When you play something for too long and you start to deteriorate in your performance, you should probably take a little break and do something else.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #34

    EDB123

    or a long break...


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