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Player: Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member Subject: Chess Improvement

2013-02-14 17:34:55
Every chess players have their reasons for playing chess. Some to have fun, to pass the time away and others are to improve their level of chess. Mine is to improve my chess so I can return the favor to our next door neighbor who keeps on beating me black and blue over the board. Is there any way to really improve your chess without memorizing specific moves of this or that opening? Any suggestions? HELP!!!-
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1United  cc14928133342013-02-15 03:36:13
Look for weaknesses. Exploit his and avoid yours if possible. Good luck -

2England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2013-02-15 04:11:20
I wonder if you should just play defensively, and let you`re opponent dig their own grave. Mistakes from your opponent often prompt a knee jerk reaction to exploit.
You might see a way of exploiting it but it might mean a few moves to organise. Ok if it`s a no-brainer. If they have a weakness it should show up later on. Or If they try to fix it, it will cost a move or two.
When I`m not busy losing games, I find wins when opponent tries to attack a sound defense
and runs out of steam.
I think it was Steinitz who said never mount an attack unless a criteria (his) was met.

3United  cc1422628594ChessHere Gold Member2013-02-15 05:35:57
LayZ Style,

Since I am in negotiations with the owner I will take the time to help you. If our negotiations fall through then I will never post anywhere at this site again.

However, let us talk about what you seek...

1) The best thing to do when you are starting to play a game against someone is look up above the game and you will see the \'Opening Database\'. Click on it to see how the opening should be played. It is not cheating and certainly used by the people who are beating you!

(Note: I spent MONTHS finding this free database to call for members and then had to argue with the owner for another month to get a programmer to insert the link for every game you are in).

2) If you have a chess program at home (such as fritz) then create a directory and save all your games after they are over and use your chess progam to go over your game using both the \'Opening Book\' and the \'Infinite Analysis\' features. NEVER put a game into your chess program that is still active because a trigger will be set and you could become accused of cheating.

3) If you do not have a chess program, or even if you do, you should take the games you lost and play against a stronger player using the exact same opening that the player beat you with. That guy/gal will beat you, but consider it free lessons because you now know how to play both openings from each side.

4) Never continue to play a game once it is a lost position*. That definition is this:
* You are material down and have no way to generate counterplay. Save your energy and your ego for a new game!

5) Always try to play against people who ar just a little bit better than you. And here is why:

a) if you always play weak players and win you learn nothing!

b) if you play somebody 200-300 points against you, you will not understand why you lost. You may think you lost the game because you dropped a piece when in reality the game was completely lost 10 moves before you dropped the piece.

6) Never feel bad about losing to a stronger player. Hey, you got lessons for free!

Good luck in the future, my friend, and if I get my way I will still be around to help people... but I refuse to work under circumstances where I am not allowed to nail cheaters!


4Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-15 13:23:57
I used to play defensively and punish my opponent if he/she gets impatient and launch a premature attack. But this strategy will not work against good players. They will slowly strangle you until you have no good moves left. But thanks for the advice extopian. :)-

5Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-15 13:42:12
Hi Don,

I do have a chess engine at home but I seldom used it because...

1) I don\'t understand the logic behind the move.

2) If I try to memorize the moves, my human opponent usually make other moves. In the long run I tend to completely forget the moves suggested by the chess engine because it doesn\'t appear in any of my games.

What I had in mind is if anyone could suggest a good way to study chess, or maybe suggest a book or two that will help me to really understand what\'s going on over the board.

Your number 3 suggestion is very good Don. I think I\'ll try it and start making notes.

I\'ve already played over a thousand games and though I feel that I have improved a little, I feel that my chess learning is a little too slow.

Thank you for sharing your ideas. Let\'s make this site a place for learning at the same time still having fun playing chess. :) Larry

6Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-15 14:01:11
Exploiting weaknesses is easier said than done. First I have to recognize what is a weakness and how do I look for weaknesses? Is there anyway to train to recognize weaknesses?-

7United  cc14928133342013-02-15 16:17:11
Research \"Chess Exam and Training Guide\" by Igor Khmelnitsky.

\"Studying Chess Made Easy\" by Andy Soltis may not hurt either.

Good luck.

8United  mrwayne2013-02-15 18:40:50
Write down your moves and anylize-

9Canada  greenpChessHere Gold Member2013-02-15 18:43:07
Study tactics!My current favourite tactics book is \"Sharpen Your Tactics\" by Lein and
Archangelsky.Lots of good chess web sites with tactics problems to solve.

10Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-16 14:42:33
Thank you synaps for the suggestion. I\'ll try to look for it.-

11Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-16 14:45:25
Thanks mrwayne for the suggestion. I guess you\'re right and start making notes of my moves and reflect on it.-

12Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-16 14:48:23
Thanks greenp. I\'ll try to look for that book. The only other website I look at is Can you give me another chess website I can look at? I will really appreciate it.-

13England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2013-02-16 14:58:48
I`ve have a book called `The Amatures Mind`
He explains , gives examples of, and tells you to look for`imbalances` He says if you keep looking for them they will become easy to spot, then you can make moves to exploit them.
You also see your own `imbalances`.

Spending quality time with the book is another matter, and on the to do list.

14England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2013-02-16 15:14:08
* the amateur`s mind - J. Silman
`turning chess misconceptions into chess mastery`
..if only
..but then

15Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-16 15:21:10
Thanks extopian. I\'ll definitely try to look for that book. :)-

16Canada  greenpChessHere Gold Member2013-02-16 15:23:30
Here we go:

17Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-17 14:25:23
Thanks greenp. :)-

18Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-28 17:03:15
How important is learning a chess opening? Is it that important to study the variations and sub-variations at the 1700 level? I noticed that most players at the above 1500 level are making book line moves at this and that opening.-

19United  cc1422628594ChessHere Gold Member2013-02-28 17:51:02
When a person\'s game comes up right above the game is a menu. Look at the option that says \'Opening Database\'.

That is what everyone should be using at the beginning of their games. It took me 2-3 months to set it up!

YES! Knowing what to play in the opening is extremely important - and to make matters fair, *I* intalled that module for everyone to be able to make a call to an online database. You can learn from it.

Public Relations Director

20Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-02-28 18:18:20
Thanks Don. I\'ve looked at it but still finding my way around. I see that it also has an Endgame Database which is very nice! Hope to be able to make big improvements on my games soon!-

21United  cc1422628594ChessHere Gold Member2013-02-28 19:13:34
21 LayZ Style,

You are mistaken about the site having an Endgame Database for your use. You can only use the Opening Database.

The Endgame Database is one which they want to sell to you, but it is illegal to use in any games you have open at

Public Relations

22Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2013-03-07 19:54:05
What chess opening(s) should I learn for either White or black? King pawn or queen pawn opening? And maybe the English as well? I felt that I learn certain chess openings not because I\'m comfortable with it but because most players I\'ve played against would play this or that opening so I have to somehow learn something about their opening to avoid getting into an inferior position that leads to many of my losses.-

23United  cc1422628594ChessHere Gold Member2013-03-07 20:58:17
The \'Rule of the thumb\' is that you should have one opening for White and 2 openings for Black (one against e4 and one against d4)

Now then... I wrote an article a long time ago and it was printed in a magazine. Here is a short version of what it said:

You have to play what you feel comfortable with. You will know your style after playing a few games and it is directly related to your personality!

Yes, it is true. Let me sit down and play 2 games with you (one with each color) and I will know everything about your personality and your style. Here are some personality traits for each player:

Choosing between 1.e4 or 1.d4

1.d4 players

* Do not take risks with their money.
* Want security for themselves and their family.
* Would never gamble at a poker club and certainly never put money in a slot machine.
* Would not have sex with a girl they just met.
* Always pay their bills on time.
* Basicly, d4 players do not like surprizes in life.

1.e4 players

* Grab for all the gusto they can get.
* Take chances playing poker, slot machines and maybe even bet on horse races.
* Would be likely to have sex with a girl they just met.
* Sometimes run late paying their bills.
* Buy lotto tickets when they can afford them.
* Basicly, e4 players are open to just going out and having fun.
So Larry, what is your personality type?
Do you like the rush you get from a challenge or are you often withdrawn and afraid?

Do you really want to enjoy life in a big way or do you just like the small moments of pleasure?

All these things are connected to most players who are not Grandmasters but like to play chess.

My advise to everyone is \'Go with what you enjoy most\'.


24England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2013-03-08 09:39:36
LayZ Style, you rating suggests you can cope with openings easily, and with the opening database and repetition so should we all.

It goes back to earlier posts regarding spotting weaknesses, taking appropriate
action, and not leaving weaknesses.

Openings are just the start. Each opening has a number of continuations.

Ruy Lopez, open, closed, semi open, exchange.
The King & Queen gambits.
The Sicillian variations.

As white you can dictate some of these early on.
As black you accept or decline.
1e4..d5. is a whole world, where if you have studied and can remember you can upset white.

And thats what it`s all about...remembering.

If , after the opening, you just `play chess`
then you are pitting your IQ against your opponent....or it seems like it.
Avoiding traps, ah, now theres the name of the game.

25England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2013-03-08 10:28:26
Remembering and knowledge are two different things. Knowing variations and continuations is a daunting task. So, start with one and when it becomes ingrained do another one.-

26Europian  cc13741628192013-03-08 18:17:03
Jeremy Silman:

\'After giving a student the basic mating patterns and strategies you must begin giving them advanced concepts. At first these ideas will not make sense, many players will have a vague idea of what you are talking about but nothing more. Even a fragmented understanding of these concepts will prove useful though, and eventually they will improve as these lessons are assimilated by repetition and example.\'

27England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2013-03-09 06:47:33
That quote is from a book of his I have.
I`ll have a look to see if there are any concrete `advanced concepts` to post. The sort where you think `oh yeah, of course`.

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