Originally posted by veager
I ying yang between 1100's and 1200's. Why can't I improve. Help me out chess Gurus
#1. Your biggest problem. You are not looking at your opponents threats. You're too enamored with what you are going to do and not paying attention to your opponents next move. This is a hard one at your level. The best advice is to cut your games in half and take twice as long for each move. Before
you look for your move, look for your opponents best move (pretend it's not your move). What would he do? If it helps, flip the board and look at it from his/her perspective. ALWAYS ask yourself: Why did he make that last move? Do NOT proceed until you work out the most likely reason he/she made the move they did.
Then. Look for your move. Maybe his moves don't scare you much so go ahead with your own plans. If there is something he/she can do that bothers you, is there a move you can make that would nullify it and then let you continue with your plans? Patience plays a part here. Sometimes you should be patient and other times not... Learning when to be is something you'll get better at.
A couple months of good
discpline here and you will be much much faster/better at spotting your opponents intentions. Then you probably can increase your game count a bit, although I wouldn't go higher than you are now. (I try to stay around 20 or less).