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swedish_guy 49 ( +1 | -1 )
any advice? hey all

my chess skills are a bit rusty at the moment.. But its rather annoying that I do the same mistake over and over again in MANY of my chess games.. that is, I tend to underestimate my opponents, so often I end up being surprised because I didnt try to think of any possible threats!

Why do I always think 100 % on how to attack my enemies, rather than dividing my time on analyzing threats and then plan for attack??

:/ Im very stubborn and I dont seem to be able to change this bad habit of mine :(

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tulkos 29 ( +1 | -1 )
sounds like you have the same problem I do. I think were both rushing a little in our moves, and perhaps we are both a little weak on the tactical side. I'm going to get a good bok on tactics with a lot of tactical problems in it--- and I'm going to try to take more time on my moves. This will probably help you to. Regards, Aaron.
zucan 12 ( +1 | -1 )
You might find this link interesting... www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles148.pdf
zucan 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Actually, I meant... www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles150.pdf

The first link is Part I of a Chess Cafe article called "400 Points in 400 Days". It was Part II that discusses tactics. I found it interesting, and something I may try to see if I can improve my play.


caldazar 171 ( +1 | -1 )
My opponent has a right to exist That's what I tell myself every time I sense I'm getting hasty in my move selection.

Simply put, thinking up your own plans and ideas is a lot more enjoyable than thinking defensively about your opponent's ideas. There's great psychological value in feeling like you're in control of the game and it's annoying to accept that, most of the time, you only have partial control. The only way I've found to break this bad habit of thinking only about my side of the game is to force myself, after every opponent move, to ask "what's the point of that?" It's not a whole lot of fun at times, but it has to be done in order to improve. Then, before I make my own move, as part of my sanity check, I ask myself "What is my opponent going to play after I make this move?" Again, done after every single move, whether I'm playing 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, whether I'm going to promote my pawn, it's a complex middlegame, or whatever. If I can't give an honest answer to to the last question, it's a signal to myself that I haven't thought enough about my move, and I need to analyze it further.

It's very painful at first; asking basic questions like this on every single move gets very tiring very quickly. Practicing this thinking idea in correspondence chess (Gameknot is a great place for this) or against a computer (set the playing strength to an appropriate level so you don't get crushed immediately) is better at first, I find, because if you get tired or frustrated (I became frustrated frequently, but then, so do grandmasters at times), you can save the game, go do something else, and come back to it later, a luxury you don't have in over-the-board chess.