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You don't need the books. There's lots of free stuff on the net.
Seriously, playing against a computer is not a waste of time. Footballers, fighters, swimmers, skiers all spend a lot of time practising without competing. And it doesn't feel so bad to lose. Even Kasparov got beaten once or twice
Exactly, a 1200 player online is a lot worse than a 1200 blitz.
They probably even play worse moves despite the relative time controls, so it just gives you longer to play at a similar or worse standard.
Is that what you think?
IMO online players who have huge ratings compared to regular play are likely to be using computers to get their moves, or, at least checking their moves using a computer before making them (which is not actually cheating, but how can you call it fair play)
If that is what they are doing then it's cheating, plain and simple.
You seem to be very unhappy about losing so many games, which is understandable, but what is your strategy for improving? As far as I can tell, your strategy is to keep playing as many games as possible in the hopes that you will somehow improve.
I am not a very good player and I have lost a lot of games, but I am actually a better player than I was a few years ago. I started reading up on strategy, opening theory and general principles. I don't play any live chess shorter than 30 minutes and I don't make moves without at least a few seconds of thought.
You don't need to memorize thousands of opening lines but you do need to have some idea of why you are making the moves that you are. You tend to play the same opening for White that I do (e4, Nf3, Bc4) but do you know why you are making those moves? Could you explain to me your reasoning behind those moves?
There is a plethora of (free!) information out there that can help you to improve. All you have to do is accept that it will take some time and some effort.
My opening are sending pieces out to control the center of the board, and defend the pieces out there. I didn't know why I was doing these openings at first, but I've read up on tactics.
It doesn't feel too bad losing sometimes, even 3/4 times, but every single time is just too much.
Do you want to play some online 1-day games with me? We can talk about your moves and your thinking behind them.
It doesn't have to be with me of course, but I think you need to give the live chess a rest for a while and play some slow games (1-3 days) with people who will give you feedback on your moves.
What is your opinion based on? If you go to http://www.chess.com/echess/players you can see that the average online rating is about 200 points higher than the average live rating. If you take a game from live standard where the players are rated ~1200 and compare it to an online game where the players are rated ~1200, you will see way more blunders in the online game.
I keep seeing advice like "learn openings" or "learn pawn structure." What? If you learn the rules, and how the pieces move, that should put you in the 1000s range. If you learn basic tactics, that should put you in the 1200s range.
NOPENOPENOPE. I am sure that I know the rules. Or is it just me?
Especially for blitz ratings, that doesn't seem right. Just knowing the rules doesn't mean you'll be 1000 right away. And while some people below 1000 make seemingly random or bizarre moves, some of them actually open the game reasonably and know some tactics.
completely disagreed !
When I started here, my online rating dropped into the 900's, though I knew the rules. I just made too many stupid mistakes. With some basic tactics and a little practice I'm into the 1200's. In blitz & bullet, the time pressure really changes the situation for an inexperienced player.
I just started with a rank of around 1200, and even at 600 after getting destroyed quickly 10 times, I'm getting annihilated. Is there a way to put my rank in a proper place so I get fair matches?
You lowered your rank by just asking this question.
In blitz, I suppose that doesn't apply. I have only ever played online, and that's what I refer to here, and perhaps I've simply had a different experience than others, but I genuinely don't ever remember being below 1000. And I learned the rules recently enough to remember.
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