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    How can I improve at chess?

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    This is my first post here.

    I'm relatively new at chess, although I've been playing for a while. I have not had any training, although I know the basics (develop my pieces, control the centre, etc).

    For the time I've been playing, I have not improved my game a lot, because it feels like I'm doing the same thing, making the same mistakes. I can analyse my losses as far as what's the last mistake I made which lost me the game. In most positions, I struggle to find a plan. I can't evaluate the "best" move in a given position unless its bleedingly obvious and in front of my eyes (which never happens vs good players because they don't give me these opportunities - I have to play for them)

    It seems as if endless games doesn't do anything. I will not pay for tuition. Also, nobody around me plays chess. So I'm limited to the resources on the net. Does anyone have any advice on how I can improve?

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    Hi mayonnaise, welcome to the forum.

    Analysing your games to see where you made mistakes is a good start, but to benefit from it fully you need to try to work out what kinds of mistakes you are making a lot. That way you can keep those kinds of mistakes in mind and try to avoid them in future games. Also if you know you're making particular kinds of errors, it's much easier to recommend ways to get around them. Of course, also try to work out what things you are doing well in games. If you find that you play a certain kind of position well, then aim for that kind of position. eg some people like to exchange queens, some prefer to keep them on, some people like open positions, some people like closed ones (etc).

    If you post a few games here you may find people here can give you useful comments. It's more useful if you post games played at reasonably slow time limits (say 15 mins for the game and up; blitz and bullet games are not as useful to analyse and playing only at fast time limits doesn't improve your chess as much anyway.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayonnaise
    I can't evaluate the "best" move in a given position unless its bleedingly obvious and in front of my eyes (which never happens vs good players because they don't give me these opportunities - I have to play for them)
    Hi

    If you can get regular games against good opposition then you should be able to improve. Whenever possible go through some postmortem analysis with your opponent, especially when you lose. This is a good way to improve.

    I'm not sure what level you're playing at but IMHO most beginners usual fail from lack of tactical capacity. Practice lots of tactics. The best sort are positions from games and there are several books which have a large number of these sorts of problems. Doing lots of these is one way to improve this sort of capacity.

    Once you are past this obstacle, not missing tactics and not making rank blunders then the next best way to improve your results is to know end games. There are a few good books on these too. See if you can get a reasonably comprehensive book which suits your level and study end game positions and these will win you many games.

    Lastly, have fun. Don't make the work more pain than the enjoyment you get from playing (and winning).
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Thx for the replies

    I started playing on FICS today. I found that the level of play is high and also I'm able to play higher rated opponents easily, which should be good for me. After 10 games my rating is about 1200.

    The main problem in my games is not tactics. I can see tactics when they are there. I just can't play to positions where they are possible. In most of my losses vs higher rated opponents, I find myself in a hopeless position after about 15-20 moves. I especially hate redundant positions where there are no tactical opportunities - I have no idea what to do in those positions and I usually blunder sooner or later.

    I've tried to analyse my losses, but it's hard by myself. I can identify my last mistake but not the ones which put me in that position. Perhaps I'll record one of my games and get some advice on my poor moves and how they can be improved, but I'd really like to be able to think for myself. If I can do this after the game, I can do this during the game.

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    I would none-the-less recommend "Understanding Chess Tactics" by Martin Weteschnik. It's brilliant as 1. you don't need a chessboard to follow it and 2. it will make an immediate difference to your play.
    You can buy it cheapest over the internet from Amazon.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayonnaise
    Hi

    This is my first post here.

    I'm relatively new at chess, although I've been playing for a while. I have not had any training, although I know the basics (develop my pieces, control the centre, etc).


    It seems as if endless games doesn't do anything. I will not pay for tuition. Also, nobody around me plays chess. So I'm limited to the resources on the net. Does anyone have any advice on how I can improve?
    Hi, mayonnaise.

    Use the money you save through "not paying for tuition" to buy chess strategy and tactics books!

    I gather that your level is around 1100 (well my knowledge of FICS ratings is outdated so i might be wrong). In this case you can start out by looking at some introductory books on chess strategy such as "Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur" by M. Ejwe. Also get a collection of simple tactical puzzles (e.g. 250 traps and combinations by Nejshtadt) and go through 10-15 positions daily.
    Interested in Chess Lessons?
    Email webbaron!@gmail.com for more Info!

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    Cool

    1. Discover Chess cause your pissed off that too many people use car with rocket launchers in Age of Empires on online games and you dont know the cheat codes.

    2. Check out the other games in Game Zone and find most are either 'click quick' or 'repeat' to win games.. read the instructions for chess and decide it would be hard for people to cheat in it.

    3. Play a few games and eventually work out the 'L" shape is 3 and 1 across and you only have to move the King to get the castleing magic to work.

    4. Workout that if you make patterns you can win

    5. Discover klizberg enables people to cheat and be annoying and you cant turn it off

    6. Persist in playing and discover ChessKit.com

    7. Annoy people at ChessKit.com then one day one of them slips up and mentions FICS

    8. Go to FICS and find that people cant refuse to play you if you join a touney

    9. Have someone nice at ChessKit community try to teach you 'tattics'

    11. Collect four chess books but dont read them cause they are boring and you cant work out what the hell e4xf5.

    12. Play some corro games but give up cause it takes you an hour to set up the chess board to try and see your next move and you set it up wrong anywho.

    13. Develop a crush on a chess player and decide you want to have intelligent children

    14. Realise you are losing most of your games casue you run out of minutes.

    15. Discover Crazyhouse and dabble in Bughouse (transfer) but find no-one will play you casue you are way to slow

    16. Join a weekly tourney and find that you are not that well organised and relaise you are a complusive player

    17. Play instant tourneys all the time and anyone else who will play you.. denie chess is addictive and say you can give up anytime want... keep chasing that easy win.

    18. Then today ..realise that you mostly win your first games of the day and you should prob only play 1 game a day

    19. Admit to yourself that this isnot going to happen.. and sign bak into FICs
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    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    1. Discover Chess ... (edited for brevity)
    Kaitlin,

    you ought to release that post as plaque or as a wall poster!

    !!CLASSIC!!

    (can't do that classic smiley anymore )

    i'd even rob gunner duggan's bank just to give you 10000 HCD's for the effort

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    Cool

    Wat are HDC's
    .. this Caketin is full of little spiders and watermelon seeds.....

    ..Chess is all about fear and psychology

    ..Chess is like an exam..... you havent studied for

    ..If you're good at Chess it means you are very intelligent and could potentialy do great things
    ..... but that you might have wasted that playing way too much chess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    Wat are HDC's
    They're worth rather less than these were before revaluation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    Wat are HDC's
    I thought they were exchangable..

    ... 10 HCD can be used to ban gunner from chesschat for a minute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitlin
    13. Develop a crush on a chess player and decide you want to have intelligent children
    lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    They're worth rather less than these were before revaluation.
    For some reason, when I was studying the mechanics of exchange rates in finance at uni, they were always the currency used in examples. Not sure if it was the course text or the lecturer's choice, I always cringed when the lecturer pronounced it as:

    "zzz-LL-otties"

    incorrectly assuming it was an 'L'. Mind you, this lecturer was an A-grade tosser, and writes a economics-ish column for the local rag (KB will probably guess who).

    (BTW, it's actually pronounced 'zwoty')
    "the other lefty"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurotrash
    For some reason, when I was studying the mechanics of exchange rates in finance at uni, they were always the currency used in examples. Not sure if it was the course text or the lecturer's choice, I always cringed when the lecturer pronounced it as:

    "zzz-LL-otties"

    incorrectly assuming it was an 'L'. Mind you, this lecturer was an A-grade tosser, and writes a economics-ish column for the local rag (KB will probably guess who).

    (BTW, it's actually pronounced 'zwoty')
    Then it should be written złoty, with the slash through the l.
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    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    Tak, poprawny!
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