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There might be variety of reasons. I am now closing in on 1500, i.e I have increased around 130 points in 5 tourneys(from 1370 to 1492). My main problem is my stamina, i get tired easily by the end of the tournament. I think you tend to take the matches here at chess.com very lightly. Anyways, sorry for the timeout.
no prob i see that u r already playing 4 online matches please challenge me a online match once u r free i would really love to play with u and congrats for ur 1492 one i always knew u would cross 1500 by looking at some of ur games
by the way u should see my standard record in that lost matches interestingly 80 matches were lost against both comp hard and impossible combined with these two i played a lot at the start of my chess.com account
Here is a simple, but instructive study :
Hope you guys enjoy ! Feel free to post some studies youselves.
Even the "normal line" with Kxb5 ? ( don't know why the authoer gives it !? since it flat out loses) is tricky. After ...Kxh2 Ka6 Kg1 b5 a3 b6 a2 b7 Bxb7+ Kxb7 h1/Q+ f3! (worth a try) Qh7+ white must be precise here. Kb8 Qg8+ kb7 Qd5+ kb6! and now black must move his King behind black's king kf2 f4 ke2 f5, etc. under white throws away his pawn with f8/Q QxQ Kb7 and black should be able to play Kb5 a8/Q Qg7+ Kc8 Qf8+ kb7 Qe7+ Kc8 Qe8+ kb7 Qd7+ kb8 and Kb6 wins!
Please keep posting more studies :)
This one isn't really hard, but its incredibly interesting.
Nice puzzle @skotheim2 , when you first look at it, you get a feeling you'd have to throw b6 and c5, but it's really difficult to calculate when :)
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