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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.
And that is why I don't play the computer. Only online chess for me
Not how many moves ahead,though thats helpful......the pattern of what u see and what needs to be done.
Try playing the Colle.
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.