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  1. 21 Jun '18 01:19 / 2 edits
    I brought this up awhile back, but here is an idea for those of you who've written lately about how to improve. This is not a cure all, but it definitely helps.

    If you have a chess program such as Fritz or Chessmaster 10K, set up your board, turn on your computer, turn your program level to a strong setting, and play through the 1st 8-12 moves of your favorite opening or defence. Keep a paper and pencil handy and write your moves down. Continue playing against your computer, when your engine starts to gain the upper hand, use the take back feature and back up the position a few moves and try another line of play, continue to do this until get very deep into the game without falling behind. Doing this on a regular basis will teach you how to transition strongly from the opening to the middlegame. Learning how to handle these critical positions will make a big difference in your results. I've been lazy about this of late myself, but when I was doing it regularly it made a big difference, I went from the 1300's to just under 1700 in 6 months. As I said, this is not a cure all, but it helps a lot. 🙂
  2. Subscriber rookorbycrookonline
    rookorbycrook
    21 Jun '18 01:38
    that's great, it opens up your train of thought ….you know those 3D pictures you used to get from Athena ?? like put it behind some glass then stare and focus but at first you didn't see nothing?? Exactly like how chess is to me , your looking at the board trying to find answers, but with looking at your method it opens up the game just like when the 3D picture comes to life ;-)
  3. Standard member nevare
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    21 Jun '18 11:49 / 2 edits
    I don't have any chess programs but I go over master games with a similar approach. I take the winning side and try to figure out the next move. If I get it I move on but if I am wrong I try to figure out why their move is better and why my move wasn't. Once I do that I move on to the next move. The worst part is when I can't figure out why their move was better and why mine was worse.
  4. 21 Jun '18 15:08
    Originally posted by @nevare
    I don't have any chess programs but I go over master games with a similar approach. I take the winning side and try to figure out the next move. If I get it I move on but if I am wrong I try to figure out why their move is better and why my move wasn't. Once I do that I move on to the next move. The worst part is when I can't figure out why their move was better and why mine was worse.
    Instead of better or worse you can simply try to figure out why.

    Of course the other player is much stronger than you so took steps to counter so the why may simply be lost in the minds of great ones while we struggle to comprehend.