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How to avoid losses against lower rated opponents (Updated)

First, losing is part of chess. If losing didn't suck, then winning wouldn't rock.
Ratings are approximations. Don't let your rating define you. The way to prevent lower rated players from defeating you is to not allow them to do so. Improve our play such that you can adequately punish the superficial hope-chess moves that "C" players play. There's no magic wand we can wave to help you. There is only working harder so you can play better moves.

"A good player knows when to take a draw and accept that winning might not be the most realistic of ambitions."Anantha P Anilkumar

Keep the pressure  One idea to face against weaker players is keeping the pressure as you should have a better understanding of the position.Younger or less experienced players are prone to take the bait and break the pressure to your advantage.
If You are losing Counterattack Suppose you are in a highly defensive position.You have to seek a counter attack, fighting a war on two f…
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Basic strategy (By Robin)

Basic Strategy

 Check our opponent’s last move.

 Can we challenge our opponent’s king and queen?

 Are our king and queen safe?

 Can we take or win a piece?

 Can we play or set up a tactic – pin, fork, skewer, discovered

attack?

 If none of the above play something useful to fit in with your plan

– for example, improve your worst piece.

To help with finding a useful move or plan think about what each piece

does and does not like…

 King. Needs guarding carefully until the endgame when it

becomes strong. Likes to castle and hide behind some pawns.

 Queen. Powerful but vulnerable. Be careful not to bring her out too

soon. Generally, has to move when attacked so can get chased.

 Knight. Good for folks, good in the middle of the board. Jumps

other pieces. Tricky.

 Bishop. Likes open diagonals and pins. Dislikes being boxed

behind pawns. The only piece stuck on one colour.

 Rook. Likes sitting on open lines (ones not blocked by pawns).

Likes being connected with the other rook. Ca…

How to avoid tiredness during a game

Everyone gets tired during a chess game.But you must keep stamina and endurance until the end of the game.Often a game is within your grasps but because of tiredness and overconfidence or time pressure.

Firstly keep some time for the end. What I have been trying to do recently is keep a short time lead over the opponent one exception is if your opponent is playing overly fast.
If you are focusing on how a position will transpose into an endgame you should be also trying to analyse someone else's game.Eliminate the distractions focus on your game.


You also take 1 or 2-minute breaks in a long play chess games ensure not to look at any other games.Just chillax and try to empty your mind.

Why endgames are the most important part of the game (debatable)

Before focusing on the middle game (or openings for that matter) I'd recommend studying the endings. All the greats seem to say that's the thing to do. The argument is that if you don't know how to win (or at least avoid losing) when there are just a few pieces on the board, then how can you possibly know what to do when there are lots more pieces on the board?


Studying endgames is probably the single best way to improve your overall skill. One of the tricks about endgames is that you're actually playing the endgame even from the very first moves of the opening, and throughout the whole middle game. For example, pawn configuration takes on a huge significance in the endgame. As you play the opening and middle game, you can tell what the endgame will be like, by just imagining the board with only the pawns and kings remaining, and maybe one or two other pieces. If you include that kind of thinking in your consideration of the middle game and openings, you'll be able…

How should you practice chess.

There are 3 approaches to practice chess:

Practice hours of chess daily, tiring your mind out by going through hundreds of chess books and ChessBase files randomly trying to fill your brain with as much knowledge as it can take.Practising when your mind is at its top state of mind (when you feel like practising ).Sticking to a routine such as play a chess.com tournament then do a few puzzles. Or just doing what you feel like doing. Of course, I am just summarising the types and there are plenty more.The first one seems unappealing as you are clearly wasting your time in work that comes in through one ear and goes out the other.I recently evaluated how I practice chess and found when my rating chart looks positive when I follow the second one(with 1 exceptions).For example leading on to the 4ncl season finale weekend, I spent 80 mins a week playing a tournament or doing puzzles.This resulted in me beating 2 and drawing to 1 2000 rated opponent. I am not saying you should do 80 minutes a…

2 things I do avoid time trouble

The two main things I do to avoid time trouble are: I write down the remaining time for each player after every move. This both keeps me very aware of the amount of time I have left and lets me know how much time I have spent thinking so far on the current move so I can take appropriate action if I've already been thinking for 5 minutes. I also try to have a few checkpoints; for example, if the first time control is at move 40, I try to have at least half my time left at move 20.This one is harder: in a non-critical position, I am willing to take less time than I'd like and just make a decent move in 2 minutes instead of spending 10 minutes looking for the best possible move. Of course, you don't want to do this when the difference between the best move and second-best move is very large, which you don't know in advance, so you have to use your experience and intuition.

Advice on chess endgames

The aggressive Piece Position Move your rook into an aggressive position. To have a well placed rook does usually not decide a middle game, but in the endgame such a small advantage can win the game. This is equally true for the other pieces. To show a pure materialistic attitude and hang on to attacked pawns and protect them at all cost, even if your pieces are placed in very defensive positions, will cost you the game as this is not the right chess endgame strategy.
The Rook belongs behind the Pawn. Place your rook behind your own pawn or behind the enemy pawn.
If you have a badly placed rook but have the chance to sacrifice a pawn to place your rook actively, you should do that in general. But you have to evaluate the degree of activity that your rooks gains. If the activity of your rook is largely increased you should sacrifice the pawn.

1) The black rook is badly placed. 2) White has an active rook 3) passive black rook 4) white has active rook
Centralization of all Pieces an…