Newbie - Always CRUSHED By Computer in Openings

  • #41
    wlcgeek wrote:

    That's odd, blue.  Could you elaborate? 

    I often find myself getting beaten or taken advantage of seemingly for precisely that reason of not looking ahead. 

    I often realize I've left myself open to attack with a move or lack of one because of not calculating the consequences of my actions. 

    Myabe I'm missing something? 

    Yes, calculation (looking ahead) is mandatory in positions which have forcing continuations, such as checks, captures, direct threats, etc.

    But in quiescent positions with no forcing moves, calculation is largely a waste of time and effort. In these quiet positions, positional judgement and strategy are the key, not calculation.

    The difficulty, of course, lies in being able to tell the two types of positions apart.

  • #42

    And that is why I don't play the computer. Only online chess for me

  • #43
    wlcgeek wrote:

    That's odd, blue.  Could you elaborate? 

    I often find myself getting beaten or taken advantage of seemingly for precisely that reason of not looking ahead. 

    I often realize I've left myself open to attack with a move or lack of one because of not calculating the consequences of my actions. 

    Myabe I'm missing something? 

    Not how many moves ahead,though thats helpful......the pattern of what u see and what needs to be done.

  • #44

    Try playing the Colle.

  • #45
     
    Hey guys, I've graduated to playing "hard" now (thanks in part to some of you guys)!!!

    However, I am gettnig beaten at that level (usually in the middle-game and sometimes in the openings).

    Any suggestions? I THOUGHT I had locked up the center of the board and had an advantage around MOVE 16, but then things seem to go downhill. Frown

    I wasn't sure how to capitalize from around MOVE 16 onward. I'd love to hear some critique/analysis re: the entire game (or even any portion you find interesting).

    Still feeling a big frustrated (can't beat "hard" mode yet), but wanting to IMPROVE!!

    Thanks so much in advance guys! I greatly appreciate it! Cool
     
    (p.s. I'm BLACK in this particular game.)
  • #46

    If you're getting crushed by the computer in the openings, I would suggest either using a lighter monitor, a stronger desk, or not sitting under the computer during the game in an earthquake.Wink

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