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So near and yet so far ?

Postby chess_2950 » Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:51 pm

Hello all,

I have been trying hard to win against my computer at chess recently, can anybody suggest where I am going wrong ? It always seems like I get so near and then loose the game. I'm thinking my midgame needs more attention, or is it my endgame ?

1.Nf3 f5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O e5 5.d3 d6 6.e3 Nf6 7.b4 O-O
8.Bb2 Nc6 9.Nc3 Nxb4 10.a3 Nbd5 11.e4 Nxc3 12.Bxc3 fxe4 13.dxe4
Bg4 14.Qd3 Qd7 15.Rab1 c6 16.Ng5 b5 17.h3 Be6 18.Bf3 Bc4 19.Qe3
Bxf1 20.Kxf1 h6 21.h4 a5 22.Bd2 a4 23.c4 bxc4 24.Bb4 Kh8 25.Be2
c3 26.Rc1 hxg5 27.Qxg5 Nxe4 28.Qe3 Rxf2+ 29.Ke1 d5 30.Qd3 Qf7
31.Kd1 Rb8 32.Bxc3 c5 33.Bxe5 Bxe5 34.Qe3 Rb2 35.Qd3 Rfxe2 36.Qxe2
Rxe2 37.Kxe2 Qf2+ 38.Kd3 Qd2# *
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Postby Theoryhack » Thu May 04, 2006 1:28 pm

You need to work on basic tactics. Other things can wait. It's one thing having a grasp of basic ideas, its another to be able to recognise the ideas instantly and unfailingly.

Try solving a few hundred easy problems. then do them again, until you recognise them and their solutions instantly. Then do another few hundred. My get a little dull, but most other forms of practice wont do much good.

One exception: Getting a book on endings and following the analysis move after move in your head. Learning the endgame patterns isnt as important as practising the visualisation.
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