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HS547

It's so hard to focus. I just end up thinking about chess puns (i blame undertale, specially Sans for that) and I laugh whenever I make a mistake (not saying it really is a mistake; I'm just a 1500-rated player anyway). When I have a winning position, I keep thinking "oh well, you never know when your opponent gets back in the game, or you'll do something stupid, so watch out" and win the game often, but when I have a losing position I just think "wow I'm losing, I'll play this move- nah, I'm losing" and I end up resigning early, missing a tactic or getting into a worse position. My chess friends told me I shouldn't think of it because it makes it harder to concentrate, but everything just looks done when I get a losing position. How do I avoid being distracted by my thoughts?

ChessOfPlayer

Find a quite room and stay interested.  Noone can give you more advice besides keep a healthy diet and avoid sugar crashed ect.

Inexorable88
The problem you described has nothing to do with chess. It's a you problem. Practise mindfulness, paying attention without straining yourself to every moment you can.
HS547
ChessOfPlayer wrote:

Find a quite room and stay interested.  Noone can give you more advice besides keep a healthy diet and avoid sugar crashed ect.


Since I just like getting good at chess in general (and in many other things like the piano, art, math etc.), I'm too interested at chessy stuff that sometimes I just forget what I'm supposed to do, or mishear anything. But yes, mom is bad at picking foods. :/

HS547
Inexorable88 wrote:
The problem you described has nothing to do with chess. It's a you problem. Practise mindfulness, paying attention without straining yourself to every moment you can.


That's hard (I'm very skeptic and always recheck the moves), but I'll try. Thanks for the advice. grin.png

AIM-AceMove

When i play chess i can almost certainly say when i make a mistake, that mistake is becouse of a great move or combination by my opponent that is above me and i did not saw OR it is becouse i did not played much attention and i could easily avoid that . If this is the case i can regroup and play harder to get back in the game and win it. But i believe your case is the first one. I see your tactic rating is 1300 which is really low. You just got outplayed. And most beginners-intermediate players think they just lack focus but what indeed is lack of skills.  Work on tactics more.

AllviewP9Lite

I  have simular problem. Usually i am completely focus on 1 min or 5 min games. But on longer games - 15 or 30 min games i just.. lose focus.. I just cant stare for more than couple of minutes for a move.. and i move, and usually is a bad move.. then i cant sit there and wait for few moves for my opponent to move.. is just.. i can't..