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  1. 23 Mar '18 00:17 / 4 edits
    Round 1 of my quintet is winding down. Things have gone better than expected, and I'm sure to make it into the next round. In terms of maximizing one playing strength, what should one do, knowing the next round will start soon.

    1. Spend more time studying tactics, openings etc.

    2. Play over one's recently completed games and look for improvements

    3. Work on endgames

    4. Emotionally wallow in my better than expected situation

    5. Enter another tournament, even though 2 tournaments at once is more games than I'd prefer.


    I'm tempted to go for #4, but I'm sure there is something more constructive. Any thoughts?
  2. Subscriber ogb
    23 Mar '18 02:20
    Tactics is everything..forget all else..
  3. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    23 Mar '18 07:19
    Originally posted by @mchill
    Round 1 of my quintet is winding down. Things have gone better than expected, and I'm sure to make it into the next round. In terms of maximizing one playing strength, what should one do, knowing the next round will start soon.

    1. Spend more time studying tactics, openings etc.

    2. Play over one's recently completed games and look for improvements

    3 ...[text shortened]...


    I'm tempted to go for #4, but I'm sure there is something more constructive. Any thoughts?
    Why not have a look through the games of the other qualifiers? You might find out the likely openings. Whether they rush and are careless, whether they are solid, whether they typically make positional concessions. Any background work you do will then be to a point.
  4. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    23 Mar '18 07:23
    Originally posted by @ogb
    Tactics is everything..forget all else..
    Rubbish. Tactics are a tool. If you study nothing else, when your tactics are neutralised you will be left with nothing.
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    23 Mar '18 10:11
    Originally posted by @ogb
    Tactics is everything..forget all else..
    I would say that studying tactics when you are a new player is very fruitful. You can have the best strategy in the world, but if you miss a tactic it can be all for nothing. That said, I wouldn't go so far as to say tactics are everything. Without some positional understanding, the tactics will never be in your favour. Tactics definitely come first though.
  6. 23 Mar '18 19:40
    Originally posted by @ragwort
    Why not have a look through the games of the other qualifiers? You might find out the likely openings. Whether they rush and are careless, whether they are solid, whether they typically make positional concessions. Any background work you do will then be to a point.
    Thank You to everyone here. Good ideas all around.