Sudden loss of concentration during game.

WildeyeQ
How can i stop losing concentration during game. it causes me to blunder a lot. Also makes me less consistent like i might do the basic Check, Capture and threat checking before making moves for the first 10 moves but in the heat of the game i tend to react fast and blindly to my opponents move.
Howhorseymove
Not sure what time control you are using but perhaps you need to play a game with settings like 15 15 where you are given 15 minutes with 15 second increments for each move. This will allow you time to think and not just react. You need to learn not to jump when your opponent makes a threatening move. Better to take as much time as you need to assess the position even if it means losing on time then to make a hasty decision and lose as a result.

Good luck.
Pulpofeira

Sit on your hands.

fenrissaga

Just a question do you practice the tactic trainer ? it helps a lot for finding moves quickly (also good for the concentration)

choksiribeam

I have the opposite problem. I get so focused during a game I am oblivious to everything around me.

torrubirubi
At least you are aware from this problem. This is the first step to prevent it in the feature.

It is a “natural” behaviour to react fast in dangerous situations. You face a dangerous animal and you have quickly to decide what to do.

But even in such situations is to stay calm often the best reaction. For example, in you are in a zoo and a lion escape,from the cage, running is the worst thing you can do. Stay and not move is the best thing to do in this situation.


Okay, in chess you have to do something. You see the enemy pawns coming close to your king, and you see that your opponent has some nasty threads. What to do?

First, calm down. It is only a game, and if things get really bad you will only lose a game, not your life.

Try to check these threats. Sometimes they look dangerous, but after calculating some lines you will perhaps see that there is nothing to worry about.

As somebody said before, take your time in your analysis, the more complex the position, the more time you will need to find a reasonable move.

Often it is a bad idea to push pawns in front of your king to prevent an attack, but there are of course exceptions.

Good players are good because they know when to trade pieces and which pieces to trade and which ones to keep. To know what to do in which situation is mix between knowledge and experience. But doesn’t matter how good or how bad you are, you always need time to find reasonable moves.

The only exception is when you are losing, you have no chance to win by normal play, and you see an unsound trap and play it immediately, hoping that your opponent will not see the trap and also play fast.

But this is a huge exception. A lot of weak players try to trick me out playing fast, making horrible blunders.

I saw in one of your games that you was winning and gave away a whole bishop, perhaps thinking you could checkmate with rook and queen. But at the end you lost not only the bishop but also the queen. If you would take your time you would never sac your bishop, as you could win easily with a risk free, normal play.

And this: if you think you found a good move, take your time to find a better one. This is probably the best advice you can get to play better chess.
WildeyeQ

torrubirubi wrote:

At least you are aware from this problem. This is the first step to prevent it in the feature.

It is a “natural” behaviour to react fast in dangerous situations. You face a dangerous animal and you have quickly to decide what to do.

But even in such situations is to stay calm often the best reaction. For example, in you are in a zoo and a lion escape,from the cage, running is the worst thing you can do. Stay and not move is the best thing to do in this situation.


Okay, in chess you have to do something. You see the enemy pawns coming close to your king, and you see that your opponent has some nasty threads. What to do?

First, calm down. It is only a game, and if things get really bad you will only lose a game, not your life.

Try to check these threats. Sometimes they look dangerous, but after calculating some lines you will perhaps see that there is nothing to worry about.

As somebody said before, take your time in your analysis, the more complex the position, the more time you will need to find a reasonable move.

Often it is a bad idea to push pawns in front of your king to prevent an attack, but there are of course exceptions.

Good players are good because they know when to trade pieces and which pieces to trade and which ones to keep. To know what to do in which situation is mix between knowledge and experience. But doesn’t matter how good or how bad you are, you always need time to find reasonable moves.

The only exception is when you are losing, you have no chance to win by normal play, and you see an unsound trap and play it immediately, hoping that your opponent will not see the trap and also play fast.

But this is a huge exception. A lot of weak players try to trick me out playing fast, making horrible blunders.

I saw in one of your games that you was winning and gave away a whole bishop, perhaps thinking you could checkmate with rook and queen. But at the end you lost not only the bishop but also the queen. If you would take your time you would never sac your bishop, as you could win easily with a risk free, normal play.

And this: if you think you found a good move, take your time to find a better one. This is probably the best advice you can get to play better chess.

torrubirubi thank you very much. you were helpful.

torrubirubi

You are welcome. And good luck with your games.