Originally posted by zebano
Thanks for the link. Interesting read. I must admit that is part of my problem right now.
same thing here. especially in blitz. -in cc I do play 'real chess', but in blitz I suddenly degenerate to the 'hope chess' or even 'coin flip' level. it's strange how you often already know the solution, but it takes something like this article to point it out to you. my situation with blitz is exactly what dan was talking about there, I play well 90% of the moves, but then suddenly throw it all away by not even trying to work out how I could answer my opponent's answers. which leaves me to a fully deserved 1200 currently.
my question to the intermediate and better blitz players is: do you actually consciously try to work out the 3rd ply, even if there's not time to do it exhaustively like in slow games? -I realize it'll become subconscious after a while, but did you do something structured like that at some point? or did you just 'try to focus better' or 'tough it out' for hundreds/thousands of games until you gradually stopped doing those mistakes? or did something else get you up the blundering beginner stage?