Originally posted by demonseed
I do, sometimes.
I do think that a player can sometimes give you good advice even when they are lower rated than you. At a tourney a player rated about 1400 told me that I wasn't playing my usual aggressive game (I am rated OTB about 1850); I had been experimenting with very positional stuff particularly after reading some middle game texts like Silman' ght it was good advice; it didn't matter to me what rating was attached to it's imparter.
Im trying to get through My system, again. Went online to play on ICC, 5 min chess, and dropped 200 points.
Im lost in a positional sense, but get by tacticaly.
Maybe some posters still have to get a decent rating, or are provisional.
If they are really 1200, and act 2200, then waste 'em.
I have imparted pearls of wisdom i got from my chess teachers, all masters, but get flamed anyway, especialy from 1600's who think they know everything, and i dont.
Thats ok, ill shutup, and keep my wisdom to myself.
If some people would take a piece of data, and look at it from an analytical viewpoint, instead of just reacting, and puting in their negative viewpoints all the time, they might learn something and improve.
I allways at least look at the words first, take it for anything of value, then reject it, or use it.
If one were to refuse a potential diamond, because it came in a plain brown bag, one would never get rich. -grandmouster