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Yeah. I have been climbing steadily, but slowly. Usually in increments of about 5-10 points per tournament.
Cool, keep it up :)
Do you play otb, wafflemaster?
i have played in few live tournaments latley and where do the pts go from the tourney i dont see them in my tournament stats
As a class A player myself, we are pretty solid, making decent plans, seeing tactics once in a while, but can still crack and make game changing errors. It's not uncommon to still go from much better to losing and then back to winning, etc, although things don't swing nearly as wildly as those below us.
In particular we could pinpoint a lot of "critical moments" in which the a player doesn't play the right idea (but has to) and gets punished heavily; in more normal situations, we may come closer to computer evaluations.
Our technique is still rather poor, but at least winning because you're a pawn up isn't unheard of anymore. The main problem is still consistency, e.g., we can play well for a while but will probably crack at a few moments, not uncommonly due to remarkably basic errors.
Just to add a few sentences.
I am an amateur player and just B-player even If I have (or more precisely - play here as) 1950-2000 rating. I am convinced that A players plays much solid chess and sees the critical moments much faster and play more accurately (especially in defence).
How strong moves do I play? It mainly depends on the position. The more I know and understand the position - the closer choice to the best move. Although there are many positions (mostly called "quiet positions") that I am playing like a child in a fog [remember when Magnus told that?] ;).
I have to admit that sometimes there are "special positions" (SP) which I am playing extremally precise - not because I am cheating or lucky, but because I know them to the core. My best achievement is to play the position up to 30-50 (and recently 70!) moves ahead - not the 1st lines of Houdini or Stockfish, but correct ideas and their implementation. It might sound a bit artificial, but when you absolutely know what and how should be played... some kind of the SP might be as easy as mating K+Q vs K.
If you want to feel better what I am talking about - try to think in terms of having K+R vs K and "playing like a Nalimov tablebase" :) ;).
I hope this short description might help to develop discussion further :)