Originally posted by Eladar
From what I understand, you have to check the board before you can determine if you are going to make a tactical or strategic move. I typically do this, but without looking at the entire board. Something catches my eye and I go with it.
This question has come to mind now that I'm spending time working the Chess Tactics Server. Sometimes that only way I an I do". This usually means looking at three or more pieces and imagining the new position.
You can save yourself so much trouble by simple blunder check. 1600 players, for example still do those notorious blunders pretty often, so just stay alerted, examine every check, hanging, undefended pieces for both side before every
move. I know that it's easier to say then actually do that constantly but it's simple and saves you a lot of trouble and adds at least 200-300 points.
As for candidate moves, find at least some alternatives to your first thought, think a bit and pick what you think is the best move. Before you click on submit button, check for blunders (you will find it very often)