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  • #21
    Johnny6488 wrote:

    you may habe something here, I play -50 through +400. Isn't that the way to get better, play better opponents?

    The way to get better is to review every game you play, after you play it, to find your mistakes, and to find the better moves that you should've played, instead.

    If you just play, without reviewing and learning from your games, you'll find it difficult to improve.

  • #22

    Chess is very interesting in that it can play itself at some stages or for some time. Develop or improve a piece and consider yourself playing good chess automatically, while it is actually the piece itself that merely shows its power. It is the other way round with musical instruments; they will not play themselves. So I think all this rating stuff and blitz action below GM level is deceptive. And the poster fell for it.

  • #23

    SIowMove wrote:

    Johnny6488 wrote:

    you may habe something here, I play -50 through +400. Isn't that the way to get better, play better opponents?

    The way to get better is to review every game you play, after you play it, to find your mistakes, and to find the better moves that you should've played, instead.

    If you just play, without reviewing and learning from your games, you'll find it difficult to improve.

    finally, what seems like sound advice.
  • #24

    LietotajsN wrote:

    Chess is very interesting in that it can play itself at some stages or for some time. Develop or improve a piece and consider yourself playing good chess automatically, while it is actually the piece itself that merely shows its power. It is the other way round with musical instruments; they will not play themselves. So I think all this rating stuff and blitz action below GM level is deceptive. And the poster fell for it.

    poetic but wrong. The pieces are your team, you're the coach. they are powerless without you, like the instrument. we all start with the same odds, it's our skill that sets us apart.
  • #25

    after 40 you will be punished, as anyone, by GodMaster rule of aging(or losing) and the average downwards of points it is about the same to anyone unless you are a demon or chesshero!

  • #26

    Your texts are poetry, indeed. :) I've always preferred instrumental music, so no need for lyrics here. In a recent game of Girya vs. Hausernot (ECCW 17) the former, having the advantage of ELO 2500+ vs 2000+, lost control of her army twice and then walked into a checkmate. If sh* happens easily at such a level of practice, training, talent and experience, the rest of us can only fool ourselves. Also, some people ask what to do only to look for an opinion (corroboration) that suits the plan they have actually made up already.

  • #27

    I had a look at one of your games, one that you lost.

    1. Beware of pieces that are under attack even if they are defended. The piece defending it may be deflected.

    2. Know that two minor pieces (knight and bishop) are more valuable than a rook, and even than a rook and pawn even though both of those supposedly evaluate to 6. In any case, the value of rooks increases in the end-game but in the earlier part of the game it is a huge advantage to have 2 minor pieces rather than a rook.

    3. I'd also suggest switching to rapid chess with an increment e.g. 15+10 or 30 mins each side with no increment. Don't worry about the possibility of coming up against a player with an engine. Not at your level anyway, and even if they do, it will still be a practice for you.

     

  • #28

    Just cheat like the rest

  • #29

    I have seen that you played many blitz game and you are trying to improve your blitz rating. I suggest that you also play game at 15 minutes or more time control. This will help you improve your calculation and chess understanding. Do you also study basic endgames and strategies appropriate for your level? I suggest you also study them. Try chess tactics app like chess tactics pro.

     

    Some more tips to help lessen blunders

     

    1. Always look at the whole board to see piece positioning

    2. Always study your opponent's last move

    3. Before you make a move check if there is a tactical drawback.

    5. Solve easy problems for pattern recognition

    6. Solve harder problems for calculation improvement

    7.  Stay composed and don't let losing frustrates you

     

     

     

  • #30

    I'm also going down in rating and I don't know why. This is despite doing tactics every day and regularly checking my games to see where I went wrong. I'm also studying a book of Morphy's games.

  • #31
    ed1975 wrote:

    I'm also going down in rating and I don't know why. This is despite doing tactics every day and regularly checking my games to see where I went wrong. I'm also studying a book of Morphy's games.

     

    Try a book that breakdown basic strategies,tactics and endgames. That book might to advance for you. I think it will be more beneficial for novice if they have a basic book that break down strategies in to a theme. Try The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess. It break down things like bishop vs knight, rook on open files, king attacks, endgame, tactics etc.

  • #32

    Maybe you're just Breaking Bad... Wink

  • #33
    I saw two of your games. A lot of blunders, once your opponent gave you the opportunity to win the queen for free and you didn't. Another time you moved a knight to a square where the opponent could take it for free. You will not be able to improve as long you don't see these very basic things. Try to play daily chess, for example 50 games simultaneously, with three days per move, and analyse all games after you finished them. Doing so regularly it would be impossible not to improve. And you should think seriously to learn a basic repertoire for white and black, you can do so in the website Chessable. Good luck.
  • #34
    Take a step back from chess for a while, play, but not too much.

    Hmm... Tough one, my rating also changes a lot.

    I'll be going well, then as I start to go above my skill level, I fall back down, lower then before. Then up, higher then before, then again, and again, maybe your just going through one of those stages?

    Anyway I'm only 1100-1300 (1300 or so OTB) so I'm not the most reliable source.
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