posted by ChessManiac.com Team Member at Monday, August 25, 2008
Your articles have been a tremendouse help to my chess. The fact that you recommend things i already do, like keep games to minimum, set up the game on a board and using practice board playing out combinations first has boosted my confidence. I now studie each game carefully and all ways look at previouse moves and try to guess my aponants motives. I sometimes struggle to plane in advance because i seem to lack the ability to predict. I have peeked at 1502 and it is looking like ill be going over 1500 to stay soon. That might not sound alot but it's a massive personal achievment.I enjoy solving puzzles and they do work as you say by warming up your mind to eventually slow it down. I doubt i'll ever stop blundering tho. I'm sure the gods are agaist me sometimes.I am trying to take your advice on 1 white opening and 2 black defences but it gets hard sometimes because my own experience is not great and there seems to be million and one variations to remember. I know one thing i wont get tired of this game so my experience can only get greater.Yours very thankfullykarplak3 (Paul).
Al, I heartily agree with 99% of what you say. In the spirit of what you say, but not the letter, I enjoy watching internet games of players I know (generally from my club or team)at least as much as watching over-the-board play. (This is an aspect of the chessmaniac site that I particularly enjoy.) Much like internet play, internet kibbutzing permits us to test our intuition; and watching others games, I'm willing to check my ideas against a chess machine, something I won't do in my own games (until they are completed) because I wouldn't be thinking for myself. - Rob Enders (robenders)
Let me thank you for every of your article. Some time i miss something because I am too Lazy.I agree with you even if a am just an old Rookie. I play since 1976 but my level of is still too low.I especially agree on point 3. On internet is easy to loose control of the number of the matche you are playing. I often play in some free minute giving just a fast overlook to the chessboard. This is a very bad habit, but I have not much free time. This is not an excuse, but...... a very bad habit.Point 5 is very intresting becaof of a different piont of view. Is very difficul thinking to the position instead of the move, but, i guess, you got the essence of the main mistake made by low level player.At least Poin10 is absolutely true... But interned made me possible to met you and take advantage of your suggestion.I would like to play against you & get some advice from you. My nick is LuckyLarrySorry for mya english (I am Italian).Feel free to contact me.Thank youLuca
Thanks for the very helpful article! Your advices are sensible and I'm doing my best to use them. Although I understand that having not many active games might well benefit me, I tend to have more than 30 games. I think having more games helps to be guided more by the position and not by the particular game history. However, it may be harder to realize a special plan for every game if you have to make 20 moves a day...I really like all your articles on the chessmaniac.com and appreciate that you share your wisdom and experience with us.Thanks again,Max.
I think that play many games at the same time is good for improving the memory.
Thank you old Woodpusher!The insights you provided were very helpful.Apart from being extremely pertinent, your comments are deep enough to be used for real life.Congratulations!!
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