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 :)
I think the win is easier? Black just needs to force the white king into the corner (otherwise White loses the rook pawn) and then play Qb6 (if not already there), followed by Qc7 and Qc8#?