Roast my games.

Benfu988
Struggling to improve; I can never predict my opponents moves. I've done a couple longer games now and still seem to get my ass kicked. Gimme some tips.
notmtwain
Benfu988 wrote:
Struggling to improve; I can never predict my opponents moves. I've done a couple longer games now and still seem to get my a kicked. Gimme some tips.

Why don't you tell us what went wrong here?

Looks like you were winning.

SusanStrong
I’m in the same boat. It can get frustrating!
Benfu988

Yeah I think I misread the end game and also a trade or two :/

kindaspongey

What was the time control for this game? You seem to be a little too willing to give up a pawn. What happens after 4...cxd4 ? What about taking pawns? After 4...c4, why not 5 Bxc4 ?

bonebroth

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Benfu988
kindaspongey wrote:

What was the time control for this game? You seem to be a little too willing to give up a pawn. What happens after 4...cxd4 ? What about taking pawns? After 4...c4, why not 5 Bxc4 ?

So I think the time control was 15/10. And yeah I see what you're saying. I was thinking I take back with knight, he takes I take back with queen; I keep the centre but at a loss of a knight? 

bukkmann

At your current level, you won't be able to predict your opponent's moves. This is normal, as properly calculating a sequence of moves isn't at all trivial.

The way I see it, you likely won't improve much by just playing. If I were you, I'd take a beginner's course (there should be some on this site, or else google until you find something you like) and do the drills until you understand them and things start to click.

TooManyBlunders

You did mention "roast my games", so here I go:

Actually, for a 700 rated player, you didn't play that badly. As a beginner, the most common mistake is not taking free material or leaving pieces hanging. (I have mentioned some of those).

Also look at simple tactics (pins, forks, skewers). In particular, watch out for knights, as they have a unique move.

In the opening, develop your pieces and castle! Your king is safe if you have castled. Because your king was stuck in the centre his rooks could attack it.

In the ending, activate your king! As you were a piece down, you needed to bring the king into the game.

kindaspongey
RussBell wrote (June 26, 2019):

An excerpt from one of Dan Heisman “Novice Nook” articles…

"Analysis and Evaluation"...

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627010008/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman12.pdf

... Most internet players think that 30 5 is slow, but that is unlikely slow enough to play "real" chess. You need a game slow enough so that for most of the game you have time to consider all your candidate moves as well as your opponent’s possible replies that at least include his checks, captures, and serious threats, to make sure you can meet all of them. For the average OTB player G/90 is about the fastest, which might be roughly 60 10 online, where there is some delay. But there is no absolute; some people think faster than others and others can play real chess faster because of experience. Many internet players are reluctant to play slower than 30 5 so you might have to settle for that as a "slow" game. ...

xxx

Benfu988

Awesome thanks ya'll. See how we go over the next few days/weeks.

kindaspongey

Might be worthwhile to think about an improvement on 4 d4. I know what I would like, but perhaps I should let you try before telling you the choice of my fallible lizard brain.

JosephReidNZ

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