Originally posted by Santa Drummer
Well Im going to be playing 0-1500 tourny in a week so I was wondering if theres anything you can do against higher graded people like keep the posiition simple/tradeoff?
When I play OTB, I'm usually around the top of this range. Unless you are particularly good at endgames for someone of your rating, I think it is a losing overall strategy to simplify toward an even endgame against someone higher than you at this level. Your higher rated opponents will know how to handle endgame positions better than you will, and once you've traded most pieces off, you've also eliminated many of their chances to blunder. While your higher rated opponents are also likely to be tactically superior to you, if your overall strategy is to battle it out in a complicated middlegame, they'll at least have more chances to blunder. Games at this level are lost by blunders, not won by strategy.
Once you improve a couple hundred points, there should be less disparity between your endgame knowledge and your opponents'. Then, if you're playing up and will be satisfied with a draw, playing to simplify to an even endgame is a better strategy, since you will not be dominated by your opponent's knowledge. You'll be more likely to know how to draw an even endgame.