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  1. 28 Nov '09 01:10
    Question: why is your playing strength not 200 rating points higher than it is now? What elements of chess are holding you back?
  2. 28 Nov '09 01:12
    I believe Beer is holding me back.
  3. 28 Nov '09 01:20 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by dirtysniper
    I believe Beer is holding me back.
    Lol. I have a strict no playing policy on RHP whenever there is beer involved.

    I think free time is holding me back. I don't have time to study the game like I would like. I devote any study time to tactics, but would love to be able to study endgame and openings.
  4. 28 Nov '09 01:20
    Excluding outside factors, just on the chessboard itself
  5. 28 Nov '09 01:22 / 1 edit
    No, lack of leisure time to study the game, having a new baby, old age, etc. are also external factors. I just mean, when you play a game of chess, why is it so bad as it is, and not GM material, or at least not valued "200 rating points" higher.
  6. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    28 Nov '09 01:22
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    Question: why is your playing strength not 200 rating points higher than it is now? What elements of chess are holding you back?
    The opposition.
  7. 28 Nov '09 01:27 / 1 edit
    What are you doing worse than your 200+ points higher rated opponents?
  8. 28 Nov '09 01:31
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    What are you doing worse than your 200+ points higher rated opponents?
    That's easy.

    I'm playing chess worse than my 200+ rated opponents.
  9. 28 Nov '09 01:37 / 1 edit
    It can't just be the opposition that is holding back your own playing strength.
  10. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    28 Nov '09 01:50
    lousy opening
    catastrophic middlegame
    weak attacking technique
    bad endgame

    tendency to ignore getting weaknesses in favour of attacking chances
    lousy calculation
    tendency to choose complications over solidity
    pawn blindness
  11. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    28 Nov '09 01:52
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    What are you doing worse than your 200+ points higher rated opponents?
    'worse' is hardly the word...to rarely use databases, perhaps I'm just less 'reliant' and that can be to the detriment of my game. To have a greater willingness to play toward the statistical aspects of a game, why in a fianchetto indian 4. e4 has a 2% better chance than g3 etc etc ...[text shortened]... nfident 'some aspects' of what I say may well be understood...as for the rest, who knows
  12. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    28 Nov '09 01:53
    TEXT IN FULL, apologies:
    'worse' is hardly the word...to rarely use databases, perhaps I'm just less 'reliant' and that can be to the detriment of my game. To have a greater willingness to play toward the statistical aspects of a game, why in a fianchetto indian 4. e4 has a 2% better chance than g3 etc etc I play toward my percieved strengths, I prefer the following 'make up' as a result of g3...what I am more confident with...to a degree my game is stagnent but I have understanding of what I play.
    I feel confident 'some aspects' of what I say may well be understood...as for the rest, who knows
  13. 28 Nov '09 01:55 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by wormwood
    lousy opening
    catastrophic middlegame
    weak attacking technique
    bad endgame

    tendency to ignore getting weaknesses in favour of attacking chances
    lousy calculation
    tendency to choose complications over solidity
    pawn blindness
    Look, that's more like it. So if you would get rid of those aspects, would you be 200 points stronger?

    edit: "getting rid of " is maybe not entirely correct, as quite to the contrary you will need to learn more to lose those elements
  14. 28 Nov '09 02:00 / 1 edit
    delete
  15. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    28 Nov '09 02:01
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    Look, that's more like it. So if you would get rid of those aspects, would you be 200 points stronger?
    if I could get rid of them, I'd be 400 points higher. but I'd settle for getting mediocre, and reaching some kind of more or less complete coverage over said areas. that should do the 200+ difference I think.