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mjgayle52

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[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.







roughknight6

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Mon Jun 20 2016 2:51PM | MsgID: 19099009


Originally posted by: "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.







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Mon Jun 20 2016 2:47PM | MsgID: 19098997


[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.



Hmm, I sometimes have enjoyed some games where I was really struggling to find familiar ground. Sometimes i's a new idea or simply a type of position I haven't played in some time. Had one end badly like that recently. Was up material out of a Scandanavian Opening, but potentially facing a mating net. My king stepped the wrong way (was trying to avoid going into a bad ending after giving some material back) and missed a nice shot which led toward a mate.







roughknight6

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Sun Jun 19 2016 8:14PM | MsgID: 19097605


[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.







mjgayle52

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Sun Jun 19 2016 5:41PM | MsgID: 19097295


Originally posted by: "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.







roughknight6

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It's easy to get lost in unexplored territory. I try to navigate on familiar ground.







kasmersensei

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Sat Jun 18 2016 7:19AM | MsgID: 19094449


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[Quote from: "roughknight6"]Even the best possible plan needs modification upon contact with the enemy.



The is very true, and the wrinkles that even lower rated players sometimes throw up are surprising. they sometimes have a plan that is not practical, but sometimes a counter measure need to be taken and/or careful measure of tempi to ensure you win a race.



I have several games currently where I am in very weak positions with lower rated players. Blundered pieces, missed obvious threats, going for quick kills. I keep telling myself to play the player not the rating, but it always creeps in after a few drinks late at night.

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.

School boy errors, not really knowing the openings traps in the main lines etc. I have said before. If you wish to be a top player in this style of chess. The game has to be much more than a hobby or fun distraction.



Knowing the basic traps in openings is a given. Recently though, I am coming across more obscure lines. Of course though, some players have pet lines that they are very familiar with, and finding yourself in a bad line after you went for a quick kill is no fun. Sometimes when something 'looks' like a bad move, it's not really.







Taotaomonas

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Fri Jun 17 2016 10:54AM | edited: 10:55:32 | MsgID: 19092904


[Quote from: "kasmersensei"]
[Quote from: "roughknight6"]Even the best possible plan needs modification upon contact with the enemy.



The is very true, and the wrinkles that even lower rated players sometimes throw up are surprising. they sometimes have a plan that is not practical, but sometimes a counter measure need to be taken and/or careful measure of tempi to ensure you win a race.



I have several games currently where I am in very weak positions with lower rated players. Blundered pieces, missed obvious threats, going for quick kills. I keep telling myself to play the player not the rating, but it always creeps in after a few drinks late at night.

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.

School boy errors, not really knowing the openings traps in the main lines etc. I have said before. If you wish to be a top player in this style of chess. The game has to be much more than a hobby or fun distraction.








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Mon Jun 13 2016 12:59AM | MsgID: 19084672


Originally posted by: "roughknight6"
Even the best possible plan needs modification upon contact with the enemy.




The is very true, and the wrinkles that even lower rated players sometimes throw up are surprising. they sometimes have a plan that is not practical, but sometimes a counter measure need to be taken and/or careful measure of tempi to ensure you win a race.







roughknight6

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Even the best possible plan needs modification upon contact with the enemy.







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