Originally posted by deeploser
What are some of the common things newbies do that pay off but aren't good chess? Hope chess would be one example that I fall for. People at my level will fall for all kinds of traps. Hoping the opponent will take this sac or won't see the mate in one. This wouldn't work with higher rated players so I need to stop playing it and find a more forcing solutio ...[text shortened]... suppose a deeper move calculation would play out.
What are some good habits to reinforce?
When a 2000 player sacrifices something is because all moves lead to advantage or mate, if a 1200 player sacrifices means that most moves lead to advantage by his calculation, but most of the time sacrifices are traps wich have a counter move that could hold the game, but if he is playing a 1200, the other player may not see the best move to counter the sacryfice, leading to greater advantage, but it wont work when playing a 2000.