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  1. 22 Jun '18 20:59
    Why is it that weak players make bad moves?

    Is it that we do not know a good move even if it bit us in the butt?

    Is it that we fail to see the weakness we just created?

    Is it that we get distracted by other weaker moves that look pretty good.

    Is it that we don't know what we should be doing? Attacking with no good reason...failing to develop...moving a pawn hoping not to make a mistake?

    What prevents people from making good moves?
  2. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    22 Jun '18 21:04 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @eladar
    Why is it that weak players make bad moves?

    Is it that we do not know a good move even if it bit us in the butt?

    Is it that we fail to see the weakness we just created?

    Is it that we get distracted by other weaker moves that look pretty good.

    Is it that we don't know what we should be doing? Attacking with no good reason...failing to develop...moving a pawn hoping not to make a mistake?

    What prevents people from making good moves?
    All of those things are standard causes of bad moves.

    I'll add another: sheer laziness. "Oh, that move looks pretty good, so I won't bother calculating." I'm guilty of this one often.
  3. 23 Jun '18 10:18 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @eladar
    Why is it that weak players make bad moves?

    Is it that we do not know a good move even if it bit us in the butt?

    Is it that we fail to see the weakness we just created?

    Is it that we get distracted by other weaker moves that look pretty good.

    Is it that we don't know what we should be doing? Attacking with no good reason...failing to develop...moving a pawn hoping not to make a mistake?

    What prevents people from making good moves?
    You have some good reasons, another I would add our beloved royal game is somewhat complicated. You can check out the numbers on youtube (see link below) So study, concentrate, and play over your finished games with stronger players who can help coach you, but don't beat yourself up if your not doing well. It gets complicated very quickly!

    YouTube
  4. 23 Jun '18 19:35
    Maybe it is a misunderstanding of chess which is the problem. Most people, including myself, believe the purpose of chess is to checkmate your opponent.

    In fact the purpose of chess is to work the board into a position which will allow you to checkmate your opponent.
  5. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    24 Jun '18 15:43
    Originally posted by @eladar
    Maybe it is a misunderstanding of chess which is the problem. Most people, including myself, believe the purpose of chess is to checkmate your opponent.

    In fact the purpose of chess is to work the board into a position which will allow you to checkmate your opponent.
    This is a very enlightening post.
  6. 24 Jun '18 18:52
    Originally posted by @bigdoggproblem
    This is a very enlightening post.
    Took 10 years to come to that conclusion lol.
  7. Standard member nevare
    TRUMP
    24 Jun '18 19:09
    I don't play for checkmate. I try to get an endgame which I think I can win from. If that makes sense.
  8. 24 Jun '18 19:30
    Originally posted by @nevare
    I don't play for checkmate. I try to get an endgame which I think I can win from. If that makes sense.
    How do you win if the game were to go on without resignation?
  9. Standard member nevare
    TRUMP
    24 Jun '18 21:00
    Well ya checkmate happens eventually but in the middlegame I don't attack the king in hopes of a checkmate. I play to get a position that I believe I can win from.
  10. Standard member nevare
    TRUMP
    24 Jun '18 21:04
    ...back on topic. I think we are weak because we don't know what to do with our position. We can't read it properly. So we come up with a lame plan when a better player finds the right plan.
  11. 24 Jun '18 22:33
    Originally posted by @nevare
    ...back on topic. I think we are weak because we don't know what to do with our position. We can't read it properly. So we come up with a lame plan when a better player finds the right plan.
    Better player better plan.

    Not many who actually know the right plan, not many if any at all.
  12. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    25 Jun '18 00:47
    Originally posted by @eladar
    Took 10 years to come to that conclusion lol.
    5 minutes.

    Please, continue being my byatch.
  13. Standard member nevare
    TRUMP
    25 Jun '18 00:48
    Ouch
  14. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    25 Jun '18 00:50
    Originally posted by @nevare
    Ouch
    He's oblivious. Spare him no mind.
  15. 25 Jun '18 01:16
    I did no you liked to swing with guys.

    Not saying there is anything wrong with that, but I like females.