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brucehum 101 ( +1 | -1 )
Improve your chess in 15 seconds Yes, I got the idea for the title from the post that got someone banned. But this is about chess, specifically, here at gameknot.

I've noticed many players have an average of 20 seconds per move, more or less, and low ratings. Could be the influence of blitz chess in internet servers. Curiously enough, if you check higher rated players, they have more time per move... I think I see a pattern here. ;-)

If they want to improve their game, they could do so fairly easily by, once they have clicked the move, but not submitted it yet, re-assessing their evaluation during 15 seconds with the move on the board. That way, they would see sometimes what they where missing, and blunder less. If one is a GM, yes, he will win most games by only using 20 seconds. But most of us are not.

They would end almost doubling the time they use per move, true, maybe they'll have to play less games... but their chess would benefit.
tulkos 0 ( +1 | -1 )
I agree full heartedly with that.
white_disc 17 ( +1 | -1 )
I see... thanks for this piece of information... maybe I should try to better that by actually setting up the position and see for myself what the opponent would do to counter my move :)
brucehum 13 ( +1 | -1 )
exactly Exactly, that's the idea. Once you have moved the piece, but not sent yet, it is 'easier' to spot what your opponent can do.
chuckventimiglia 43 ( +1 | -1 )
I call it playing both.... sides of the board. Always ask yourself
these three questions:

1.Why did he/she move there?
2.What is the threat?
3.How do I counter that threat?

Seems like defensive questions but sometimes
while a player is on the attack he forgets
defense which for me, is most important.
Forget to defend and lose the game!! If
you can ask yourself those three questions
on every move and you decide there is no
threat then go on or continue the attack.
bellepheron 9 ( +1 | -1 )
I would say its more like

3. Can I neutralise the threat by attacking first?
4. If not, how do I counter the threat?
premium_steve 9 ( +1 | -1 )
how about...
5. Is there a strong move I can make to prevent my opponent's natural development?
ir0nh0rse 16 ( +1 | -1 )
patience... I don't really have any knowledge of openings or chess theory, so I have to study the board every move to avoid blatent mistakes. It seems to be paying off...
white_disc 25 ( +1 | -1 )
lost of concentration I have this problem of losing concentration when playing correspondence chess, as compared to O-T-B or other online real-time chess.

Is it a common problem? I just fail to get myself into the spirit of the position many a time...
brucehum 42 ( +1 | -1 )
It is VERY common It does happen a lot. I'm a lot better at OTB than at email chess. I seem to always end blundering (in email chess, mainly for badly setted positions! This is not a problem here) I Have just started in Gameknot, so can't say much about here.

The best thing would be to keep notes about your analysis, ideas, ... but, we don't usually do that.

Gameknot does offer us that option: notes.
peppe_l 17 ( +1 | -1 )
My view... 1.Why did he/she move there?
2.What is the threat?

(Borrowed from chuckventimiglia!)

3.Do you have to counter his threat? If no,
4.Can you exploit his threat? If no,
5.Ignore it and continue carrying out your plans

roblear 64 ( +1 | -1 )
this is so relevant i don't seem to play at the same level for each game...call it concentration or whatever, but there are times when i seem to have tried much harder to win....
i played against blanka a while back and his rating was way above me but when we got toward the endgame, i set it up at home and really thought about all of my moves...it worked and i was lucky enough to win, but why the hell don't i apply this to all my games?
i guess it's always good to try to beat someone whose rating outwardly says they're better than you, but a win is a win, right?

just ramblings from a confused mind....
rob
chuckventimiglia 19 ( +1 | -1 )
If a person goes into.... a game thinking they stand no chance to win
they will most likely not win. You should
go into every game with the thought of
winning and you may surprise yourself. Chuck
pycroft 25 ( +1 | -1 )
This is dumb! I prefer to just make a move without thinking it
through, this way I can play so many games at a
time and not have to worry about thinking or
strategy, or tactics or everything, as long as I know
that the horsey moves in a L shape!
ir0nh0rse 4 ( +1 | -1 )
i like your style.. I can't argue with that philosophy =)
smolensk 10 ( +1 | -1 )
I also have problem with that, but then I don't take the games here too seriously.