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Taotaomonas

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Tue Jul 5 2016 12:36PM | edited: 12:37:16 | MsgID: 19126974


Pawn Loss - Is often a major contributing factor to my losses.

To try and get over this I have been trying to think of a pawn loss to be as much of a blunder (potentially more) as any other piece going undeliberately.

However, in doing so I find I am suddenly playing to defend every potential lost exchange where I will come out worse. Invariably I then find I have lost focus on my main goal of development.

Gambits and traps aside. In general, is better development still a better strategy than trying to save a lost pawn and running far out of a planned position?







kasmersensei

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Sat Jun 25 2016 5:57AM | MsgID: 19107611


Originally posted by: "R_De_Siota"
As tedious as it may sound, when reviewing a past game I will write out move-by-move what each move did and failed to do. 1.e4, occupies center, clears diagonals for KB and Q, attacks d5 and f5; f3 and d3 weakened, a ...Qh5 must be guarded against. Etc. Not an annotation, exactly, but more of an explanation.




Sometimes it does help to look at games, especially where your position gets slowly worse and you later realize you played a series or number of marginally bad moves that when are totaled lead to a ruined position (assuming your opponent plays correctly and takes advantae of even small oversights).







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Sat Jun 25 2016 5:53AM | edited: 5:54:49 | MsgID: 19107606


Originally posted by: "R_De_Siota"
Him as in your higher rated opponent. He has to prove his theory of chess, you simply have to show up and play.




I had some games on here like that [one I just played poorly, when I am distracted with 'real' life, I sometimes do that.]

The other was a fantastic game; I sacked a queen to get 2 rooks during the opening/early middlegame stage and assumed in the wild play after that I could easily outplay my lower rated opponent. Instead, he gave me a great lesson in humility as he correctly sacked a piece to get his pieces better developed and put my king in a precarious position (I had to later sack the piece back), and later accurately won a Q vs 2Rs endgame where his preponderance of pawns and active centralized king were giving me problems.







R_De_Siota

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Fri Jun 24 2016 4:11PM | MsgID: 19106664


As tedious as it may sound, when reviewing a past game I will write out move-by-move what each move did and failed to do. 1.e4, occupies center, clears diagonals for KB and Q, attacks d5 and f5; f3 and d3 weakened, a ...Qh5 must be guarded against. Etc. Not an annotation, exactly, but more of an explanation.







mjgayle52

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Thu Jun 23 2016 6:23PM | MsgID: 19104946


Reading a chess book like it is a novel is like reading a book on running without ever putting on running shoes and going for a run. A chess book should always be approached as a set of exercises or challenges. Like anything else, if you want to improve you have to do the hard work.







R_De_Siota

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Wed Jun 22 2016 6:08PM | MsgID: 19103290


[Quote from: "Taotaomonas"]
[Quote from: "R_De_Siota"]Him as in your higher rated opponent. He has to prove his theory of chess, you simply have to show up and play.



I meant its not necessarily him. It could be a her.



Those women GM's can be quite deceptive and manipulative. You got to keep an eye on them at all times, my friend.







Taotaomonas

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Wed Jun 22 2016 11:24AM | MsgID: 19102613


Originally posted by: "R_De_Siota"
Him as in your higher rated opponent. He has to prove his theory of chess, you simply have to show up and play.




I meant its not necessarily him. It could be a her.







R_De_Siota

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Wed Jun 22 2016 3:44AM | MsgID: 19102192


Him as in your higher rated opponent. He has to prove his theory of chess, you simply have to show up and play.







Taotaomonas

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Tue Jun 21 2016 11:08PM | edited: 11:10:38 | MsgID: 19101956


[Quote from: "roughknight6"]
[Quote from: "Taotaomonas"]The opposite with higher rated players. I end up playing timid, obvious and careful opening. Only to see there almost clinical ability chew me up and spit me out before even reaching the middle game.



No one should let their adversary's rating influence how they play the game. What is there in an arbitrary life-time average number which means absolutely nothing in this one particular game? A 1500 player has a 1% chance of beating a 2700 player. All one has to do is be a statistical anomaly, the exception proving the rule. Make him prove you're not.



Him?







roughknight6

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Tue Jun 21 2016 9:13PM | MsgID: 19101704


[Quote from: "mjgayle52"]
[Quote from: "roughknight6"]
[Quote from: "mjgayle52"]
[Quote from: "roughknight6"]It's easy to get lost in unexplored territory. I try to navigate on familiar ground.

I agree and disagree. If one explores the previously unexplored territory and experiments with discomfort then in some critical position one finds inner reserves and a skin already scarred from experiments, toughened and prepared.



I've been in the undiscovered country enough to know I don't like it there.

A specific example of how i feel about discomfort in chess. When i first started playing chess i always answered 1 e4 with 1....e5 and then would usually play a Petroff's Defence. However some (not many) of my opponents would play a King's Gambit and i hated it. After a few years i decided to learn to play it from white's side as the best way to learn how to play against it. I still play the KG today and don't mind facing it as black.



27 of the 35 games I've played here are listed as N/A. When you can't even get a game to show up as A00, is it a bad thing?







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