How to think like a strong player
After your opponents move, think, what's his threat? What is his next move? Consider that and you will avoid many blunders, it takes time so you will use more time as well. Think where you want to attack. Attack any weakness you can spot. To learn more about how to attack, please check out my how to attack series and the third one will soon be out. Make sure you didn't weaken your own position in order to attack. It is not that simple to solidify your position, you need to arrange your pieces so that it can attack somewhere but also protect as many pieces as possible, you can also use pawns. Also look for checks, captures, and direct threats for both you and your opponent. If your opponent is attacking you, be extra careful and don't be passive, look for counter play. If you want to learn more about how to defend, please check out my how to defend series, the second one will soon be out (The third is basically words, parts one and two are mainly tips). Here are ways to win a chess game, you can flag your opponent, if your opponent is under time pressure, then you can make difficult moves or try to go for a tactic to win a pieces or whatever. You can ATTACK your opponent and succeed and get a(some) benefit(s). Or wait till your opponent blunders, this is a bad strategy. I don't think I need to tell you why. Just remember , waiting for your opponent to blunder is BAD! Do not wait. Here are the reasons why:
1) They might never make a blunder or bad move that you can take advantage of.
2) If you wait, you'll soon run out of moves.
3) If you didn't wait, instead, you attack, you might have won quicker and not waste time.
4) Say you lost, you might have won if you did attack.
Thank you for reading! Hope you check out my how to attack and how to defend series!