Originally posted by jayaitch I think the only way to improve is by playing higher rated players
I think you forgot to finish your sentence..
I think the only way to improve is by playing higher rated players, read up on opening theory, study some endgames especially rook and pawns, solve puzzles, play through and analyse some grandmaster games, .....
Originally posted by carjam ive done all that..and im still 'rubbish'...there must be something else
Don`t be so hard on yourself, you are better than me! The game has so much depth that it takes time to improve.
I agree that playing better players is important for improving, and then look back at the game with the analyse feature and see why you lost. Of course, if you forget those lessons you won`t get better!