Best way for improving chess (no alternate). Do you agree?

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Best way for improving chess (no alternate). Do you agree?

Post by kingsmasher1 on May 11th 2012, 11:12 am

I would like to share a small experience today with my chess friends:

I came to a conclusion today that there is no alternate to improving chess than playing with other people of better strength.
If you are practicing endgames, it's only endgames. Openings, only openings (nothing else). Tactics - concentrating only at a particular position.

But I believe playing chess serves multiple purpose: 1) You start with a particular opening theory
2) Always look for any possible tactics by which you can gain advantage
3) Utilizing your keen positional understanding in the middle game
4) Concentrate on left overs in the endgame, where a wrong pawn push can cost you a life

I was practicing tactics for last 7 days, then ended up losing even with 1300 people with blunders. Mind it, i am not blaming tactics Very Happy but lack of tactics balanced with play.

So, whatever we do, (studies) i think, we should always balance with ample amount of play to develop the 4 things simultaneously. What's your opinion on this? I think only studying or only tactics can be harmful as it will blur out the 4 phases.

I was playing on chesscube today, and managed to win against a person with around ~1924. I am posting the game here as you may enjoy and expect your feedback and suggestions on above topic, as in case if you differ in opinion.

My current rating at chesscube is 1682, and you can find me by kingsmasher1

[Event "ChessCube Game"]
[Site "www.chesscube.com"]
[Date "2012.05.11"]
[Round "-"]
[White "kingsmasher1@chesscube.com"]
[Black "dinding@chesscube.com"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1662"]
[BlackElo "1924"]
[Time "19"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. a3 Nf6 6. Bd2 Bd6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Be2 Nbd7 9. c5 Bc7 10. Nh4 Be4 11. Nf3 h6 12. h3 Bh7 13. Bc1 Ne4 14. Bd3 Nxc3 15. Bxh7+ Kxh7 16. bxc3 Nf6 17. Qc2+ Ne4 18. O-O f5 19. Nd2 Ba5 20. Nxe4 fxe4 21. f4 Qh4 22. c4 Bc7 23. cxd5 cxd5 24. Qb2 Rab8 25. Qb5 Qe7 26. Bd2 Qe8 27. Qxe8 Rbxe8 28. Rab1 Rb8 29. Bb4 a5 30. Bc3 Rf7 31. Rb5 b6 32. Rfb1 Rff8 33. cxb6 Bd6 34. Rxa5 Rb7 35. Bb4 Rxb6 36. Ra7 Bxb4 37. Rxb4 Rxb4 38. axb4 Rb8 39. Ra4 g5 40. fxg5 hxg5 41. Kf2 Kg6 42. Kg3 Kf5 43. Kf2 g4 44. h4 Rh8 45. g3 Rc8 46. Ra2 Rb8 47. Rb2 e5 48. dxe5 Kxe5 49. b5 Rb6 50. Ke2 Kd6 51. Kd2 Kc5 52. Kc3 Rf6 53. b6 Rf3 54. Kd2 Rf2+ 55. Kc1 Rf1+ 56. Kc2 Rf2+ 57. Kb1 Rf8 58. b7 Rb8 59. Kc2 d4 60. exd4+ Kxd4 61. Kd2 e3+ 62. Ke2 Kc3 63. Rb1 Kc2 64. Rb5 Kc3 65. h5 Kc4 66. Rb1 Kd5 67. Kxe3 Ke5 68. Rb5+ Kf6 69. Kf4 1-0

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Re: Best way for improving chess (no alternate). Do you agree?

Post by BorgQueen on May 11th 2012, 12:40 pm

Great work!!

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Post by kingsmasher1 on May 12th 2012, 1:28 am

Ha ha..thanks cheers

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Post by doctorj on September 1st 2012, 1:38 pm

Hi, from Italy. You are right, Kings. The most important thingh is the right way of thinking. You can see that also in the work of GM Igor Smirnov (if you like I will send you the link. You will find a lot of useful free lessons). If I study tactics I will always search for a trick and I lose for time!
Tell me about again.

See you

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Post by kingsmasher1 on September 2nd 2012, 3:40 am

@doctorj: Thanks, you can mail me at: standard.games@gmail.com or if you like you can post it here for the benefit of all.

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