Bad chess, how to get out of a slump?


  • 9 months ago · Quote · #21

    Lord-Canoso

    I think that you should stop playing for two weeks but in the time you don't play you analyse Grandmaster games trying to find the purpose of every move and also you should watch games played by masters in youtube i am 1700 elo player, i got into a crisis and i went back to 1400 elo, i lost every tournament i played, i followed this method and i am ok now

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #22

    Anti-Communist

    I'm currently in an even worse slump. I used to be 1100 in blitz, then I went down to a 600! I'm now slowly climbing back up. I found that if I play more than 3 bullet or blitz games in one day, I get twice as bad. I tried not playing for an entire week. Now, I'm much better, but still need work. My blitz is still 700, my bullet is 600 and my standard is 930. Now, when I play against a 1100 player, I feel like I'm playing against a genius, which is very bothersome. I would recommend just taking a long, long, long break. My slump has been going on for 3.5 months now, so I'll do the same. You can also try going without blitz or bullet for a long time. I always try to avoid much blitz.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #23

    SocialPanda

    You can stop playing and read a book, strategy or tactics.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #24

    jambyvedar

    LiamKalson wrote:

    I'm currently in an even worse slump. I used to be 1100 in blitz, then I went down to a 600! I'm now slowly climbing back up. I found that if I play more than 3 bullet or blitz games in one day, I get twice as bad. I tried not playing for an entire week. Now, I'm much better, but still need work. My blitz is still 700, my bullet is 600 and my standard is 930. Now, when I play against a 1100 player, I feel like I'm playing against a genius, which is very bothersome. I would recommend just taking a long, long, long break. My slump has been going on for 3.5 months now, so I'll do the same. You can also try going without blitz or bullet for a long time. I always try to avoid much blitz.

    Read chess books so you will get better. If I am you, I will skip playing bullet as it leads to bad habits and superficial thinking.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #25

    jambyvedar

    Millennium_FalconNZ wrote:
    jambyvedar wrote:
    LiamKalson wrote:

    I'm currently in an even worse slump. I used to be 1100 in blitz, then I went down to a 600! I'm now slowly climbing back up. I found that if I play more than 3 bullet or blitz games in one day, I get twice as bad. I tried not playing for an entire week. Now, I'm much better, but still need work. My blitz is still 700, my bullet is 600 and my standard is 930. Now, when I play against a 1100 player, I feel like I'm playing against a genius, which is very bothersome. I would recommend just taking a long, long, long break. My slump has been going on for 3.5 months now, so I'll do the same. You can also try going without blitz or bullet for a long time. I always try to avoid much blitz.

    Read chess books so you will get better. If I am you, I will skip playing bullet as it leads to bad habits and superficial thinking.

    before i play in Tournaments particularly with tourneys, i stop playing blitz months before , as i found my chess dramtically deteriorated

    and stablised at a superficial level, so i do concur, but i do know somebody, reads nothing, plays blitz constantly, then just before a tourney he will play a sh*t load of chess blitz to get in the zone

    me i cant do that..i need to stop to reframe my chess mind..but thats my 2cents

    Maybe he already paid his due by reading/studying a lot before.Maybe he study chess, but it does not necessarily mean using books. He might be  using videos,human coach or softwares Maybe he has talent and not every body can be like him. Maybe he reads, but you do not see it. Maybe strong players help him by analyzing games and giving tips to him(equivalent of reading). What is his rating?

    A player will not make significant progress if he never study chess. Even chess geniuses Fischer and Capablanca study chess to improve their game.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #26

    HolyAngel

    I think there are some measures that you could take that haven't been mentioned much online. The trouble with taking a break is that sometimes it only adds to the frustration - you want to play chess, not wait around doing something else!

    1) Sit up straight and adopt an alert body posture. This helps me a lot.

    2) Take frequent short breaks in a playing session - just a minute or two between games.

    3) Don't feel you have to obey the "unwritten rule" of giving rematches to people you have just beaten. It can feel a bit mean, I admit, but in online chess nobody's doing anybody else any favours. Hitting and running can avoid getting you into those endless and often bitter marathons for all of ten points of rating gain.

    4) KISS. Keep it simple, sweetie. Often when I am losing a lot of games, it's because I'm trying to be too fancy. It often helps to remember the basics, such as developing quickly and getting castled before I kick off anything. You can start trying out difficult strategies when you are back in form.

    5) Play the strongest opponents who will give you a game! It's much easier to raise your own game and losing is not a big deal when you are the underdog. If you win, you will feel great and will get a lot of rating points too. Losing ten games is not so bad if on the eleventh you adminster a whupment to an internationally titled player.

    6) Check the lighting and ergonomics in your room. Work out if your workstation is making your irritable. A badly positioned screen that keeps reflecting ambient light only adds to the mental workload, for instance. The older you get, the harder it is to ignore comfort.

    Hope this all helps!

    (I mean to play here soon but so far have been using a couple of rival servers)


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