I think the four of you have got together to wind me up.
Once again openings are the cure for everything from
toothless tactcial play to sloppy wrapping up.
If you had looked at some of this guys games the first
thing you notice is that sometime in his murky past
he has actually been over 1700.
Our forgetful hero states he has was told to study skewers and tactics.
Good advice that has gone totally unheeded.
Being told to study tactics does not mean you are now
a tactical genius. You have to study this fundemental
root of the game.
There is nothing wrong with your opening.
You develop OK (to a standard) but your middle game tactical
play is dreadul.
You tie yourself in knots from an easily won game
because you could not handle your opponents tactical threats.
You, (White) to play:
25.Ra4 Kills it dead.
Same game - White to play.
Basic primary stuff. A piece is defended (the g2 Rook)
so hit the defender (the e3 Knight). 33.Re1!
You lost this by walking into a pin and win combination.
What was it you said in your opening post?
"....look out for skewers, forks, etc..." 🙁
was another game you were winning but
you blew it because your opponent got tactically active
and you floundered and flapped about.
It's not that you don't have ideas. Twice, that I saw
you have won a piece with the old a4 & b4 trick.
netted you a piece.
You played 13,b4 (and then lost)
Also in Game 5603434
you set up.
14.b4 winning a piece.
You won Game 5603434
but it was a bit clumsy
and shows a lack of confidence in tactical ability.
You (White) to play.
Break it into active tactical mini plans.
Double Rooks on the b-file, get that Knight to f5
so it can hassle the Rooks, create luft for the King.
You played 18.Rc1.
I see it. You want to play c3 and open another file.
How many open files do you need? You can only
double Rooks on one file.
In that position many roads lead to a win, in other games it's
usually just one and if that path involves tactics
then you are going astray.
and you were White.
You lost this by totally underestimating the coming pin (Re8).
14.Kd2 unpinning solves everything.
Instead 14.Rc1 (stop doing this to Rooks) and 15.Ne4?? lost you a piece.
And learn from your losses.
Five times you have walked into the Fried Liver!
Mated in 12 moves by being tactically weak.
8...Nd4?? what about 8...Nb4 as a try in a tight position.
You simply gave back the piece to get mated.
You don't need to shell out £14,95 on an opening book
to tell you...
...5.Nxd5? is very dodgy. 5...Na4!
1842 plays 5...Na4 and gets some nice games just
because of the lead in development Black has.
is a good tactical example.
You get all this for free from the RHP database.
I like to show games from your peers as this proves you need not
buy some opening book which is usually a collection of GM games
containing unexplained moves that go right over your head.
Learn how to mix it with the players of your own strength.
Look how they play. It's one & two move tactics.
THEN, and only THEN are you ready for the next stage.
Middle game planning, deeper endgame knowledge and an opening
system that suits your style to get you into a middle game.
So that's twice you have been told to get yourself
tactically sorted out.
Any book that has you setting up postions or playing over
tactcial games will do.
I'd keep away from tactcial 'quick fix' websites for now.
It's OK to print them out and do them but screen work
is just wasting your time.
You need some pattern recognition and some more tactical ideas.
And yes, it means work. You are not a natural.
I was not a natural. All of the top genuine players on here
were not natural, they worked at it. Ask any one of them.