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  • #31
    It's impossible to judge your level of play from that game since white is completely tactically blind. He hands you the game, repeatedly.

    But if you want to improve, you HAVE TO PLAY SLOWER GAMES.

    Sorry, that's just the way it is. And if you keep playing stuff like 10 0 there's going to be a real limit on the sort of stuff we can help you with. I can't help you if you're going to insist on moving in 3-10 seconds.

    So if you want to get better, that's your first priority. Learn to play slower.

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    • #32
      I think there's a Novice Nook called something like 'Slowing Down' that talks about slowing your play down (its a recurrent theme in Hesiman's stuff).

      If a typical chess game lasts roughly 40 moves and you're playing a game with each side having 30 minutes (the minimum you should play at seeking to get better- 60 minutes plus per side is ideal), then you have ~45 seconds per move. Some will be faster (the opening, for example) and others will absorb that banked time.

      You really should try to learn an effective thought process now. Dan has an article going into that in depth, as well as mentioning some abbreviated versions in other articles:

      1) What did your opponent's move do? If you were to pass (not make a move) what would he do next?
      2) Do you have a forced mate? Look at EVERY possible check you can make.
      3) What options do you have? Evaluate your options and make the best move you can.

      That is a very rudimentary process and could be expanded at every step, but it should get you to slow down.

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      • #33
        thx i will try that and why dont u guys just play me so u can judge my lvl of play
        "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." - Capablanca

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        • #34
          Originally posted by adale View Post
          1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. Be2 Nxe4 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. Bh5+ g6 8. Qf3+ Nf6 9. Bxg6+ hxg6 10. O-O e4 11. Qf4 Bd6 12. Qe3 Bxh2+ 13. Kh1 Bf4+ 14. Kg1 Bxe3 15. fxe3 Qd6 16. Kf2 Kg7 17. Ke1 Qg3+ 18. Kd1 Bg4+ 19. Kc2 d4 20. cxd4 Nxd4+ 21. exd4 e3 22. dxe3 Qxg2+ 23. Rf2 Qxf2+ 24. Bd2 Bf5+ 25. Kb3 Be6+ 26. Kc2 Ne4 27. d5 Bf5 28. Na3 Qxd2+ 29. Kb3 Nc5+ 30. Kc4 b6 31. Nb5 Qd3+ 32. Kb4 a5# {White checkmated} 0-1

          this better?
          14... Rh1+ 15.Kxh1 Qh8+ 16.Qh3 Bxh3 17.gh3 Qxh3 leads to a quick checkmate though winning the queen the way you did is also clearly winning

          21... Qd3 is mate instead of 21... e3

          You played well but your opponent played quite poorly. You did miss some moves but it was just a case of not bearing down and looking for the best move in a position where you were so far up in material that everything you did should be winning. You are playing a little materialistically but that is not unusual with young players.

          Crash

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          • #35
            Originally posted by adale View Post
            for anyone wanting to play me i made an account on FICS the name is "KingDark"
            I'm gorckat there, as well. I'm usually on kinda late (9pm and later EST), and I'm sooooo not the strongest player here, but I'd be willing to play you some time

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            • #36
              this is tornado. i suggest that you look up "Chess" on a search engine. i get a million good results doing that, and i'm sure you will too.

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              • #37
                anyone know any good chess tactic websites?
                "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." - Capablanca

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                • #38
                  Perhaps you may try hypnosis?!

                  YouTube - Richard Nongard Sports Hypnosis

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                  • #39
                    I don’t actually use any but have looked at the following. The ATS | Homepage
                    tries to figure out what a user is weakest at and serves problems in that area more frequently than in other areas. The problems on it are pretty basic but a user can add problems to the site. You'll have to register on the snufflenose.com domain to keep track of your stats. There’s also Chess Tactics Server
                    But I think there the speed at which you solve is a factor, but it’s still pretty good.
                    The Hoppers

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                    • #40
                      yes i have finally arrived to this site
                      my name is aziz
                      i am a moderator at the new fast rising chess site that will be well recognised all over. at the site we try our best to develop ways to which the user can feel at home and also assist them to grow in their chess.
                      you should pop by sometime. the url is "www.chesscube.com" you pc would require a flash player download which is free and once registering your pc would ask if you want to download it....

                      but enough bout that, i wana know what this forum is all about? can anyone tell me?

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by aziz View Post
                        yes i have finally arrived to this site
                        my name is aziz
                        i am a moderator at the new fast rising chess site that will be well recognised all over. at the site we try our best to develop ways to which the user can feel at home and also assist them to grow in their chess.
                        you should pop by sometime. the url is "www.chesscube.com" you pc would require a flash player download which is free and once registering your pc would ask if you want to download it....

                        but enough bout that, i wana know what this forum is all about? can anyone tell me?

                        We are an all-purpose chess community. You can post on any chess (and almost every non-chess) subject here, play correspondence, ask for and participate in analysis, recommendations, all sorts of questions, post and read news, the usual .

                        On that note though, (please don't take it as negative criticism, it's not so-intended).
                        Try to stay (somewhat) on-topic, your link to chesscube is a welcome one, but could you perhaps post it in a more appropriate thread? Also, we have a section devoted for introducting new members.

                        That said, a hail and hearty welcome
                        Have you read the Forum rules?

                        Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                        Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                        Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                        Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                        Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                        Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                        Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                        --Red Dwarf

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                        • #42
                          ok thanks for your helpfulness... you should really join the cube all coaches are welcome, we will have online lectures for anyone who wants to give them, we currently just busy with the program once its done il let you know. its a easy way for coaches to make money online and much easier for students to improve their chess and on top of that the lectures are free unless stated otherwise by the coaches...
                          how do i start my own thread here so that people can start telling me what they think of the site and how we can improve it to suite them?

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                          • #43
                            Asking for advice here (or any similar site) does present a problem in that you don’t know if it’s coming from a 1500 or a master. Unfortunately there’s no way to verify how strong the poster is especially if you’re a low rated player yourself. One thing I see a lot of is 1400’s offering each other advice and in my experience it’s often the case that strong players are either unwilling or unable to communicate how they think and study. I don’t know how you get more strong players involved as most seem reluctant to post anything.
                            The Hoppers

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                            • #44
                              I'm a member at chesscube. I very much doubt I'll ever actually play there. The site loads wayyyyyyyyyy to slow for me.
                              I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by JacksonWShowalter View Post
                                Asking for advice here (or any similar site) does present a problem in that you donít know if itís coming from a 1500 or a master. Unfortunately thereís no way to verify how strong the poster is especially if youíre a low rated player yourself. One thing I see a lot of is 1400ís offering each other advice and in my experience itís often the case that strong players are either unwilling or unable to communicate how they think and study. I donít know how you get more strong players involved as most seem reluctant to post anything.
                                I find that you can discover a great deal from magazine and internet articles and also through the books of strong players who have a great deal to say on the game that they love.

                                I'm not sure if I qualify as a strong player as I have not yet returned to my previous form but there are signs that I am not that far off from returning to a CFC/USCF 2200 level of play.

                                I believe that the best way to improve is to study grandmaster annotated games which are more qualitative than quantitative or at least strike a balance between the two approaches. I also find that teaching youngsters or anyone else that wants to learn is helpful in that you have to really understand something when you are trying to teach it to a beginner. I do chess lectures for kids once a week and woe to the player that plays into a variation after I have studied it in order to present it to my chess kids.

                                Last month was Ruy Lopez month and one of my students just got 5/5 in a Michigan scholastic tournament where he played the white side of the Ruy Lopez three times so it is apparently just not me who is getting benefit from doing these lectures.

                                Crash

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