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  what's my best chance of beating a strong player?




Taotaomonas

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Australia
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Mon Nov 16 2015 8:18PM | MsgID: 18650311


Give us the notation. Be interesting to see the Queen blunder.







ockendon

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England
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Thu Nov 12 2015 11:22PM | MsgID: 18641644


At least most of us don't wear the same pair of socks for a whole week!







_Oneironaut_

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Thu Nov 12 2015 2:10AM | MsgID: 18639536


Good stuff! Shame some players are so ungracious. If things carry on like this, us chess players will get a reputation for being socially unskilled :)







ockendon

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England
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Thu Nov 12 2015 12:51AM | edited: 12:52:45 | MsgID: 18639461


Well, I ended up on Board 1, and I lost the game, but we went for over 50 moves, and I made him sweat a few times.

What's really annoying, though, is that I missed a chance to trap his queen! Ah well. Easy enough to do, I suppose, in a complicated position with time running low.

At the end of the game, when he found out I was an unrated player, he was graceless enough to say, "Well, I'm not feeling too good today, so I wasn't playing my best!"







Taotaomonas

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Wed Nov 11 2015 9:34PM | MsgID: 18639031


Just Grow Some Ock and Play.....







ockendon

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England
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Wed Nov 11 2015 4:31PM | edited: 4:31:28 | MsgID: 18638376


Thanks for the tips gentlemen. The match starts in 3 hours!







Comte de MonteCristo

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Wed Nov 11 2015 9:47AM | edited: 10:00:04 | MsgID: 18637652


I know someone (a long time ago) who faced this problem when the captain board 1 of our team chickened out and refused to play a really strong player board 1 of the opposite team. My friend, not normally playing in this team, stepped in on board 1 and drew with the formidable opponent. A splendid effort.

I think his strategy was to play for no more than a draw and he simplified the position as quickly and as much as possible to a drawn endgame - it was a fairly long game. Certainly one should never play passively but this strategy of simplification worked in this instance.







_Oneironaut_

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Wed Nov 11 2015 1:27AM | MsgID: 18637181


If you play passively you will be crushed. Your only hope is to mix things up, aim for really complex positions, because even the best players can overlook stuff. Look for tactics at every opportunity.

Obviously try to play your best game. Don't be afraid to play your pet openings even if they aren't 100% sound, but in general try and stay in book. Gambits are probably a good choice if you like that sort of thing.

"Chess for Tigers" is a great book on this subject if you can find a copy.

Remember you have nothing to lose in this situation, only your opponent will be feeling the pressure.

Apart from that, just the usual advice, get plenty of sleep, go for a walk first, eat appropriately, stay positive.

And let us know how you get on! Good luck :)









ockendon

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Tue Nov 10 2015 11:29PM | MsgID: 18636975


I've been asked to 'make up the numbers' for the A team of my club, as they're a player down.

I know that the player I'll be up against will be way stronger than me. Last time I stood in for someone in the A team, my opponent beat me as though he was taking a stroll through his local park while reading a newspaper.

So, what's my best tactic? I'm not asking for specific openings, I'd never learn them in time! Just, should I play an opening I know well, or be unpredictable? Aggressive, or solidly defensive? Use every minute on the clock, or try to play quickly to gain a time advantage?

All suggestions welcome!