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Does everyone have days when they play terribly??

  • #41
    Every 2nd post is a question. Some don't have question marks though... is it the question marks that are illegal (notice I've omitted one here)
  • #42
    Paulhalley101 wrote:
    Anyone have this problem at times? I'm sure it's a matter of not been able to concentrate some days or periods....

    I have bad days, and for me it's not just a matter of concentration, it's also a matter of getting lazy about doing all the things I need to do before making a move, especially looking to see if all my pieces are protected and if there are double or discovered attacks to which I am vulnerable.

    I also have bad days in terms of trying to find a good strategy coming out of the middle game. I either launch an attack without enough material to pull it off or get defensive instead of making threatening moves. I those cases it IS a case of concentration failing me.

  • #43

    whatever intermediatedinoz. 

  • #44

    I have really terrible days... In a tournament, I lost to somebody in a winning position (up a knight) who was 200 points above me (nswjcl) then i lost to some on 100 points below me

  • #45

    I once said to a master strength player who was teaching me that I feel like the difference between my best day and my worst day was 200 points.  He said more like 500 points, and this applies to almost anyone.  Of course I can't prove he's right, but it's interesting that he said so--I didn't expect him to.  I know for a fact (experimentally verified) that I play much worse right after I wake up in the morning.  I feel that I'm fine and ready, but in fact I will hang pieces and make other blunders quite routinely.  Late at night I apparently am settled down and play much better.  This is not even close.  So yeah, I think it happens to everyone.

  • #46
    RCMorea wrote:

    I once said to a master strength player who was teaching me that I feel like the difference between my best day and my worst day was 200 points.  He said more like 500 points, and this applies to almost anyone.  Of course I can't prove he's right, but it's interesting that he said so--I didn't expect him to.  I know for a fact (experimentally verified) that I play much worse right after I wake up in the morning.  I feel that I'm fine and ready, but in fact I will hang pieces and make other blunders quite routinely.  Late at night I apparently am settled down and play much better.  This is not even close.  So yeah, I think it happens to everyone.

    When I think about it, a 500 point differential sounds about right for myself, too. I've looked back on my games and it's seemed like it was someone else entirely who was playing--in good and in bad ways.

  • #47
    That's very interesting
  • #48
    Defiantly.
  • #49

    Yes, when my biorhythms are down or I haven't enough sleep.

  • #50

    Yes not possible to play well when there is a tiger in the room.

  • #51
    RCMorea wrote:

     I know for a fact (experimentally verified) that I play much worse right after I wake up in the morning.  I feel that I'm fine and ready, but in fact I will hang pieces and make other blunders quite routinely.  Late at night I apparently am settled down and play much better.  This is not even close.  So yeah, I think it happens to everyone.

    I am exactly the same. I simply play much worse in the morning. It's not even worth me trying to play a game before 2PM.

  • #52
    Relax... it's just the Ivanchuk Syndrome...
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