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Which loss is harder: being outclassed or losing to a worse player?

  • #21

    Losing to a worse player definitely, especially since there’s a bunch of kids in my area who aren’t really good but somehow do well anyway.

  • #22

    Well seriously , there are times when you are a mess after the opening but somehow manage to solve all your problems, but then you manage to lose a drawn endgame. After spending all that energy only to lose the game in a theoretically drawn endgame. So need to work in that endgame!

  • #23

    For me, the hardest loss is to a worse player.  I recently blundered - fortunately not too badly - and went down a Pawn and bad position to a player 400 points below me in a 3-day/move tournament. I worked very hard on that game, compared to my other games, because I did not want to lose or draw.  I complicated the game, worked to gain the initiative by sacrificing another Pawn, then eventually won.

    On the other hand, I've too often made a bad move against a player rated well above me and paid for it, but didn't feel as bad!

  • #24

    For me I generally take an L with a grain of salt, even victories for that matter. I want to improve and for me to improve, I must make mistakes and learn from them. 

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