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I am trying to improve my game (as we all are) and I am wondering if it is a good idea to play a tough computer often. I figured that if I play the computer and I lose, then I look for those mistakes that made me lose and then continue to learn from those mistakes. And if playing the computer is not the best way to get better, what do you think is the best way to improve your game?
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Well, a tough computer will beat you so badly that if you play it too often the only thing you'll learn is to play very reserved... kind of in survival mode so to speak. So that's not so good. The plus side is some tactical lessons, and how your empty threats are very ignorable (so you may not be as prone to make meaningless attacks vs your peers).
Best way is to play tournament length games against your peers and have a coach go over the games with you :) Barring that, play long games and give each move serious effort. After the game find your mistakes, both moves and thinking process, and try to fix them / not repeat them for the next game.