Originally posted by ArtardoYou have confirmed to me that I have become a little lazy in my play. Thanks for the input!
I'm sure you've heard this before, but just in case ...
1: After your opponent moves, get into the habit of looking at the piece that just moved, and look at all the squares it is attacking. For a knight, there will be 8 squares to look at in most cases.
2: If I find one of my pieces being attacked, I go one step further - if I let him take the piece t ...[text shortened]... handy - an unexpected zwischenzug or sac would eat up precious time on my opponent's clock.
Originally posted by Paul LeggettIt's likely that no matter how good you get at chess or how careful how play, there's still always going to be the occasional "DOHH!!" move. I'm sure every grandmaster has made their share. (although a DOHH!! move for a grandmaster is probably a LOT more subtle than a DOHH!! move for me.)
I have just lost the exchange to a backward knight move...again. Does anyone have a particular cure for this malady, other than "study more tactics" or "don't be stupid" (sound advice and reasonable cures, but I'm still ill).
I'll even take voodoo if it cures my doodoo.
Originally posted by greenpawn34Believe it or not, I use this logic as part of my "process" for determining when and if I should exchange pieces- I mentally note that removing the other guy's knight removes a potential future blunder for me. Perhaps I should be a little more formal in the assessments that way.
This is easy to fix.
Adopt openings allowing you to swap your Bishops for their Knights.
Your ooponents will happily go along with this, the myth of the Two Bishops
has been entrenched into chess players minds along with doubled or isolated pawns.
You can sometimes take a Knight with a Bishop doubling their pawns
completely screwin ...[text shortened]... losing....it's brilliant.
Then go forward with backward Knight moves and win. It's a cinch.