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  1. 06 Sep '11 17:52 / 1 edit
    Just looking for advice, it seems I lose alot because the following

    First of all what is a good time limit for a OOTB game? Been playing 10/0

    1. Calculating Im fairly slow at calculating and that chews up time as well as careless mistakes when I try to hurry up and when I have a winning position I dont have enough time to get the point

    2. I feel weak at openings I dont have the openings memorized and cant get the good positions I do during correspondence.

    How do you get good at OOTB chess?
  2. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    06 Sep '11 18:12 / 1 edit

    I'm not good at blitz, but the most improvement I've had was by learning openings. contrary to the popular belief, tactics didn't do much for me, and neither did endgames. you definitely don't get the time to calculate much anything, instead you go by your instincts. train your instincts, play a lot.

    watching the big boys blitz has also helped a lot. especially how they handle irregular openings, and how practically they handle endings vs. 'correct endgame play'. they'll choose the practical over 'correct' every single time, without hesitation.

    and of course play, play, play, that's the most important thing. try to avoid just starting a new one after a loss, go through the game at least cursorily. especially regarding the openings.

    try to make a mental note on what got you in the trouble. (taking too much risk, taking too FEW risks, intentionally weakening your king, LPDO, vague strategic things like that. they usually exist before you fall for that fatal tactic.)
  3. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    06 Sep '11 18:20
    oh, and the most important blitz tactic: the clock. easily worth a queen or two.