- Jun 4, 2013
Anyone want to play a casual game?
Yes the cricket comparison is very apt.At my level with chess, I am like a learner driver, and if you tell a learner driver he has a 15 second time limit to get through a complex intersection it is not only unreasonable but probably won't end well.
But I suppose I need to accept that, like cricket, long form and short form chess are actually different games with different skills and some of those benefit the other (like Test cricket's relationship to 20/20 cricket).
I seem to have hit a wall as far as improvement goes and it is frustrating because I am putting in the work. I'm sure that is normal and everybody's been there.
I find Simon Williams very relate able and have his 8 hr DDV on the Dutch on order. I plan on watching it as much as my sanity allows and hoping from it that the Dutch becomes very comfortable ground for me. It should also benefit my overall skills to a degree - I hope.
Cheers for that. I will spend the next week or so trying to tighten things up a bit using books and videos and aim to start playing people on-line next weekend.Yes the cricket comparison is very apt.
You will hit a brick wall by playing only computers. Honestly mate, stop playing computers, start playing humans and analyse every loss.
If they cheat, so what, they can only win if you make a mistake anyways.
Something as in depth as that can be overwhelming, Start by following a set opening, every time and seeing how it plays out, when it goes wrong, then look at the theory and find out why it's gone wrong.
I'm very fluid with the stonewall variations so I can help white a lot in that regard if you need.
One book I suggest is The Development Of Chess Style wrote by Max Euwe and updated by John Nunn. The premise of the book is that the development of an individual's chest playing prowess actually parallels the historical development of the game so it starts off with games from say the 15th century and those games illustrate basic principles and that is the principles get more advanced it uses games from latter times. Eventually you get the modern Grand Master games when Max you wrote it you get to the games in around I think Bobby Fisher's time and John Nunn updates it beyond that.Cheers for that. I will spend the next week or so trying to tighten things up a bit using books and videos and aim to start playing people on-line next weekend.
I did go to a chess club a couple of weeks ago and played 2 games. It was the first time I had played over a board for literally decades. My opposition was a bit more advanced than myself but not superstars and I had my moments and made them earn their wins. At the time I was flirting with a King's Indian and I didn't do myself any favours with it, as they gained tempo on me early.
I am on a rare sick day from work today and once I get the family out of here I will hit a book I have called "The Dynamic English" by GM Tony Kosten with the chess board at hand. After having tried all manner of things with White, I have settled on the English.