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Harlowgold
Im not a great chess player, but I do enjoy it, or did. I progressed slowly up to 570 which I was pretty pleased about, and then I’m not sure what happened, but I digressed quickly to 457. Loss after loss is so frustrating. I replay the games and shake my head. I feel like I’m clueless and have lost all confidence. I guess I’ll go back to the first lessons and try again.
justbefair
Harlowgold wrote:
Im not a great chess player, but I do enjoy it, or did. I progressed slowly up to 570 which I was pretty pleased about, and then I’m not sure what happened, but I digressed quickly to 457. Loss after loss is so frustrating. I replay the games and shake my head. I feel like I’m clueless and have lost all confidence. I guess I’ll go back to the first lessons and try again.

Everyone's rating goes up and down, as long as they keep playing. Don't get discouraged. Going back to review lessons sounds like a good plan.

little_guinea_pig
Harlowgold wrote:
Im not a great chess player, but I do enjoy it, or did. I progressed slowly up to 570 which I was pretty pleased about, and then I’m not sure what happened, but I digressed quickly to 457. Loss after loss is so frustrating. I replay the games and shake my head. I feel like I’m clueless and have lost all confidence. I guess I’ll go back to the first lessons and try again.

I'd add that swings of 100 points are very commonplace - for example, I often go on very long winning and losing streaks and have lost 200 rating points in one day. Don't worry, just keep playing - eventually you'll start playing better again and since your opponents are lower rated you will easily be able to beat them.

Harlowgold
Thanks for the encouragement, it’s good to know that it’s not uncommon to fluctuate.
ouchoopscrap

I think of learning chess like I do learning a new language. If I'm not practicing than I'm not learning! 😆

JohnDavidClive

I got up to about 950 once but did not stay there for very long. I got hospitalised with COVID19 and lost loads of points through timeouts. I cannot seem to get my points back up again. The most I have got is about 850 but I have just dropped below 800 again. I do notice that I win more games the more I play, though. So keep trying and you will grow, even if it is slowly.

AtaChess68
I also fluctuate plus or minus 200. Think that is normal.

And I think it’s also common to think your highest rating ever is more or less ‘your rating’. That’s not true of course.
Viznik
A break could help. I’ll take 3-4 days off when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Haven’t felt overwhelmed in a while but when I do I just delete the app until I feel refreshed
therealraggs

I also get frustrated. Sometimes I feel as though I am making great progress, then I will find myself losing several games in a row and making bad mistakes, or really just getting dominated and pushed around in games. It can be frustrating. I think setting it aside for a minute can be helpful. I try to think of it like other recreation I do, like golf or pickup basketball; it's ok to lose and even get frustrated when doing it, but it shouldn't stress you out. Otherwise what's the point?

Italicist

Everybody's ratings fluctuate. I'd like to think that I should keep improving steadily, and every now and then it does happen for a little while, but then I'll have a series of bad days and my rating drops like a rock. For example, below is a screenshot of my current Puzzle rating, which demonstrates during the last few days that I should not try to do puzzles when I'm tired; things just go awfully badly even doing puzzles sometimes, without the pressure of a real game. Just give yourself a mental break: either a complete break for a day or more, or try playing against bots with nothing at stake, working on puzzles in learning mode, and reviewing lessons.

Don't attempt to do puzzles under the influence of mental fatigue (last five days)

 

JackRoach

Ratings change a lot if you play a ton. Don't worry.