Originally posted by ivan2908
Is it just me, or context has much to do with a level of play? I mean when I play serious OTB game with clock, longer then, say, minimal 30 minutes per move, I somehow concentrate and play really well, the best within my limits. However if I play on small cheap playstic chess board in distracting enviorement, without clock and stupid opponent, I tend to pla , envioremement without too distractions, in particular auditive.)
Why am I so retarded ??
it's not about being retarded. I think it's just a pshycological problem in adapting yourself and being present.
I somewhat have the same problem, I just cannot force myself to take the game seriously if especially the opponent is not taking the game the way I want to do. if the opponent blitzes in a standard game, the game is more about mental strength (of not blitzing and spending your time patiently) than chess skills for me. but I'm improving on that area. For example, there's a Chessmaster personality rated 1588, and I know by now I should be winning almost all my games against him, but I have a losing record against him because I could not help myself blitz, he makes the moves instantly (not even in a second. he is the original CM engine limited to depth 3.)
it's probably mostly about the opponent, more than the environment. the trick is, trying to pretend the opponent is always stronger than you. if you (and I) can manage that, it will be a lot easier to play in real strength.