Originally posted by FabianFnas
If I just get rid of my blunders, I'm sure that I can rise myself another 100 points in relative short period of time, right?
that's exactly what happened to me. I started systematically blunder-checking on every single move
all my pieces against being en prise, forks, double attacks and 1-move mates, and lo! I didn't lose a single one of the next 30 games. my rating jumped from 1550 to high 1600's (there was a couple of previously lost games hindering the rise, dropped pieces against 1300's and 1400's). the change in strength happened overnight.
I don't do it anymore, and have started to drop pieces again. not nearly as often as before, but maybe once in every 10 games. but I still win most of my games. although my rating hasn't risen anymore, it's pretty conclusive what blunder-checking did for my performance: in the on-going april 1600-1699 tournament my score is 8 wins 4 losses so far, and the last 4 games are going pretty well (only 1 is undecided, others I'm winning). in two I dropped a piece, in one made a pointless sac, and one won game I just pissed away little by little (that disturbs me the most). I would've won at least 2 of those if I hadn't blundered the game away with elementary one-move oversights. would've won the group too, but now red house is taking it unless he loses one of his three games, and he won't. so there still is room to be more careful.
but now there's the new challenge: - what to do when your opponent doesn't drop material? I'm figuring that out now, and I guess it's the thing that separates 1600's from 1700+, just like dropping pieces separated 1500's from 1600's...