Originally posted by mr pops jr
My current USCF rating is at 1314. I study a lot, know my openings, do some tactics, look over chess games, but I just can't get any better. When I play stronger opponents, I end up losing positionally and cant pinpoint any place where I lost.
You have a higher rating than me, therefore I hate you. (joking)
The general idea is to find your weakest link in the "chess chain of knowledge". Go over your finished games preferably with a stronger player, or at least with an engine to spot your tactical blunders. (When you play in tournaments, do you ask your opponents for post-mortem analysis? If not, you should.)
You had a won ending here but blew it, walking into a mate-in-one. (The winning idea was to trade off the rooks and the pawn endgame is winning with the distant passed pawns. For example, 35.Rxe6) Were you in time trouble at the end? (What was the time control? ) If not, shame on you for playing hope chess!