# Process oriented goals

• #1

I've recently been taught that fixating on the chess result is detrimental to one's game. I was wondering what process oriented goals strong players ( if any ) aim for move to move. For example,calculate at least three moves ahead, consider x amount of candidate moves. Basicaly I am looking for goals that are not directly related to the outcome of the game. My blitz rating shot up to 1850 something when I started making it a point to do some, any calculation whenever it is my turn to move. Even if it is a recapture. Just throwing that up as an example. Thanks in advance.

• #2

it's like, "play to win without thinking about winning".

for me it seems to be like a state of mind that i get into when i am really in the zone. :P
there, i am like fully conscious of what i am aiming for in every move since move 1 in the opening.

yes, i know that isn't really what you asked, but... i don't know my answer. i think my answer is something like "try to evaluate your chances and the position actually honestly" - i guess you know what i mean.

• #3

I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes I slip into that frame of mind when I just become a chess cyborg and 100 percent of my brain is working out chess stuff and it feels effortless. Too bad we can't force that state of mind.

• #4

in 7 deadly chess sins, jonathon rowson points out the 1st sin as 'thinking'. the antidote is intuition.

• #5
Connectedpasser wrote:

I've recently been taught that fixating on the chess result is detrimental to one's game. I was wondering what process oriented goals strong players ( if any ) aim for move to move. For example,calculate at least three moves ahead, consider x amount of candidate moves. Basicaly I am looking for goals that are not directly related to the outcome of the game. My blitz rating shot up to 1850 something when I started making it a point to do some, any calculation whenever it is my turn to move. Even if it is a recapture. Just throwing that up as an example. Thanks in advance.

i think there is a zen concept or something like that about it (man i have no clue what is what i probably dont even know what zen is). Shame i forgot what it was called, usually im t not into that stuff...

but they showed japanese archers, that hit bulls eye without fixing on the target.i forgot what it was called.

• #6

definetly fixating on the results is bad anyway because you get nervous, firs i got 2000 tactics rating again i got so nervous because i didnt want to lose it, than i heard Gm player have 2700 tactics rating, that completly destroyed my concentration. I dont know if any of the other advise makes sense, but focussing on results can potentially be really bad in my opinion.

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