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How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it

linlaoda
Jun 8, 2015, 8:04 AM 13

How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it

 

The thought process of many players is:

See which moves are "blunders"-> filter these moves out-> start logical thinking ->  come up with a move -> blunder check
Using this thought process would cause many players to miss playing the best move because they intentionally did not consider it

I argue that we should first think logically about the position, considering all moves that strategically/tactically help our position while purposely neglecting to check whether or not the move is a blunder. Only when we have come up with the strategic ideas do we check whether the move we wish to play is a blunder.

The revised thought process is thus:

start logical thinking ->  come up with a move -> blunder check
Notice how the thought process has been simplified dramatically.

 

Let's see this point in action with an example:

 

 

 

As we are mainly focusing on the thought process here, let's see how we should have come up with Rc1!
When we first look at this position, we wish to consider moves that strategically help our position (there aren't any tactics). The open c-file suggests that White would like to play Rc1. We check that the continuation ...Bxc3 does not lose the a2 pawn, and then we play Rc1.
The thought process is simple and intentionally simple (as mentioned above). I hope that this quick fix in thought process could benefit you in your games - leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!

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