Tips for improvement

godzrez
I was wondering how to improve as far as what ideas should I be looking for. I've had a few problems with middle game and what I need or want to accomplish. My middle game seems to suffer as I can not create a plan, not because I can't see one, but because I don't understand what I should be focusing on.
I'll try to link the game here, but first post and mobile.
IMBacon

Opening Principles:

1. Control the center squares – d4-e4-d5-e5

2. Develop your minor pieces toward the center – piece activity is the key

3. Castle

4. Connect your rooks

Tactics...tactics...tactics...

 

Pre Move Checklist:

1. Make sure all your pieces are safe. 

2. Look for forcing move: Checks, captures, threats. You want to look at ALL forcing moves (even the bad ones) this will force you look at, and see the entire board. 

3. If there are no forcing moves, you then want to remove any of your opponent’s pieces from your side of the board. 

4. If your opponent doesn’t have any of his pieces on your side of the board, then you want to improve the position of your least active piece. 

5. After each move by your opponent, ask yourself: "What is my opponent trying to do?"

 
godzrez
https://www.chess.com/live/game/2812939023

This is the game.
I feel like I generally accept these ideas, though I often don't know how to or where I should focus my pieces or ideas as to get a lead or tactical benefit.
kindaspongey
blueemu

Except for the bizarre 6. ... Ng4, that game looked pretty good.

Have you read any of the following books?

Pawn Power in Chess by Kmoch

Pawn Structure Chess by Soltis

My System by Nimzovich

Each of the three books (each in a different way) addresses the problem of forming a reasonable plan at the transition from the opening to the middle game.

drmrboss
blueemu wrote:

Except for the bizarre 6. ... Ng4, that game looked pretty good.

Have you read any of the following books?

Pawn Power in Chess by Kmoch

Pawn Structure Chess by Soltis

My System by Nimzovich

Each of the three books (each in a different way) addresses the problem of forming a reasonable plan at the transition from the opening to the middle game.

+1

I agreed! Understanding pawn structure is the main  chess strategy and your pawn pattern always guide your strategy. (Tactics checks are Red Flags, and you will know later with experince when there will be tactics alert/ tactic check or not) 

ghost_of_pushwood
blueemu wrote:

Except for the bizarre 6. ... Ng4, that game looked pretty good.

 

Yeah.  OP, you say you had some problems with that game, but it all looked pretty straightforward to me.

DeirdreSkye

Your games show a player that rarely blunders(the most important requirement for better chess) and plays much better than his rating. 

    Chess is a concrete game. General advices and guidelines do exist and they can help but if you want to improve you need to identify the concrete problems in your thinking process and fix them.

    Where are your defeats? Where is your analysis? Where are your thoughts on your mistakes? Without these no one can really help you. 

    

OldPatzerMike
DeirdreSkye wrote:

General advices and guidelines do exist and they can help but if you want to improve you need to identify the concrete problems in your thinking process and fix them.

This is probably the best advice you will ever get. We all need to improve our chess knowledge, such as pattern recognition, tactical ability, positional understanding, endgame skill, etc. But even with great knowledge, our progress will be severely limited if we don't also correct our thinking process. Do you focus too much on one area of the board? Do you take insufficient note of your opponent's chances? Do you tend to play passively? Do you play based on what you feel to be right instead of concrete analysis?

To obtain good advice on how to improve, you should post a game with your annotations, detailing what you were thinking, that is, why you played the way you did. 

Good luck on your quest for chess improvement.

godzrez
Alright guys. Thanks for the tips. I really feel like I can tend to play decently but often find myself not able to make plans or know what to do in order to gain a lead. When I have a lead, it's pretty easy to keep and win the game. I will try to play a game and write what I think every move to show my idea processes. I also don't play this style of opening, most often but wanted to try some new stuff.
ILoveNoodles

Reading a book is the best way to improve You must treat chess like any other classes at school. You need books and teacher to gain new knowledge and to master new skills.

kindaspongey
godzrez wrote:
... I really feel like I can tend to play decently but often find myself not able to make plans or know what to do in order to gain a lead. ...

Possibly helpful:

Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Simple-Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htm
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104437/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdf
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/
Seirawan stuff:
http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_beginner/ev_winning_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ID=BO-Beginner
http://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm
50 Essential Chess Lessons by Steve Giddins
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708100833/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review534.pdf
http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/50_Essential_Chess_Lessons.pdf
Simple Chess by Michael Stean
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104258/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review400.pdf
Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708094419/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/ammind.pdf
Chess for Hawks
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9041.pdf
Chess Strategy: Move by Move by Adam Hunt
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093249/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review890.pdf

How to Reassess Your Chess (4th ed.) by Jeremy Silman

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708095832/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review769.pdf

The Chess Attacker's Handbook

http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/The_Chess_Attacker's_Handbook.pdf

Chess Strategy for Club Players by Herman Grooten

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708101926/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review696.pdf
Pawn Structure Chess by GM Andrew Soltis (2013)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708101523/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review908.pdf
The Power of Pawns by GM Jörg Hickl (2016)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/the-power-of-pawns/
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9034.pdf

godzrez

Books are not my strong suit. 

I learn using my hands and have hard time concentrating and comprehension well reading. 

_______________________

 

Heres a game I annotated. 

https://lichess.org/EKi6zzOf/white#39

Italian opening, strong lights.
4.C3 to push Dpawn focusing on his lack of control of the middle.
5. Unsure if to take, take is a mistake, push b pawn to take then push d pawn to recenterilize structure or Queen b3, brings queen out early. He has no reason to take too. Decide that moving bishop to b3 is okay. Taking would be bad for him.
6. D4 looks tempting, looks like it loses a pawn though. Kg5 gives control of pawn and gives an attack. If trades bishop, I get tempo with attack on b7.
8. Seems like a blunder. b7 forces knight move, more tempo.
9. D3 as an opening move, trying to defend the pawn, I want to castle before opening the middle up.
10. Qc6 or B5? Both have a tempo, B5 seems bad due to rook b8, but decide it's less risky.
11. Blunder? queen might lack flight squares if taken, but theres no immediate attack without Qd7, which trades work out in my favor.
13. Thought it was a free pawn, was scared when he played xg5 because I quickly forgot about His queen being the only defender to the a8 rook, Qxa8 and reaccessed and became much less worried.
14. Seemed like a foolish move, I trade the queen or i take the knight for free. He also pins his knight, seems counteractive, not worried. Seems like a won game. He's blundered 4 times or so.
15. Clearly just create tempo.
16. To take or not to break the pin, I think it's stronger not taking it immediately. I can castle and develop my knight. I am up a 6 points (3pawn, 1 bishop) and can trade well winning. Castle for protection, knight can come out soon for the attack. He seems to be lacking the availability to make moves.
My current goal is to bring my knight into the game and improve the weak dpawn.
17. I looked at this move, I thought Qc5+, Kg8, Qxa7, Rxb2. After I see Qxe5. I can win a pawn it seems as well as ruin his pawn structure if I take on f6.
I actually should have played bishop takes knight immediately, taking with his queen donates his rook. Im happy with my viriation though.
18. D5 looks nice with Qc5+e5. fixes my pawn chain.
19. Bit to late for this move. though Kd7, Bxd8, Nxc5, he gets an extra pawn.
20. I win :D


Post game, no engine, seemed like bishop b3 kinda was a wasted move.
Unsure if 6.Ng5 was a risky move. If bishop did not take and instead Qd7 or Bd7, my knight is out of place.
4 blunders/free pieces i was given durring this game.
Due to my agression, I lacked development though.

Post game with engine.
I was correctly accessing post game of the bishop b3 and kg5 move.
I'm completely shocked of the computer giving a -2 score though im up 2 pawns by move 11.
I misanalyzed the game completely and I was the ones making the mistakes!
Move 11. Qxc6+ instead of moving the knight, moving the king to f8 is the only move that makes him not losing. I feel like this is completely aritficial move.
I did not see this tatic on move 13, if Qxg5, Qxa8, Ke7, if you take, Qc1+ Ke2, Qxh1, Qxg7,Qc8 with the idea of Qxb2 and theres no way to stop it!
Would have been a really interesting game, though even, 2 knights+ Queen vs 1 knight and 4 pawns and Queen
Computer says no need to castle. I'd rather be safe then sorry though, does not hurt my +8 score.

LusineMkhitaryan95

1. Occupy the center

2. Attack in the middle game

3. Expect your opponent's moves

Read here, 5 best chess tips and tricks for beginners. happy.png https://goo.gl/YJghVw 

 

 

Jecnez

in chess, every move is like yin and yang. it has something good and something bad. When your opponent moves, ask yourseslf "How my opponent position has changed?" Because you have not only to look what is he attacking, also what has he left undefended

ILoveNoodles

You can try to chess GUI version of the chess books, aka interactive chess book. Basically, a chess book that is type and converted into a PGN file. Same exact material but with board and pieces for you to test your thoughts on the games.

sheetspread3

This is a common problem. You spend too much time setting up, start by attacking more. Consider king pawn openings instead. And open games. Don't worry about winning so much, just understand the attacking combinations. Save the pawn structure studies and knight action for your off days.