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Old 04-27-2021, 07:58 PM   #7401
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Nepo could be a tough test for Carlsen - he has a lifetime plus score against him in classical games of +4 =6 -1

Magnus is gonna put Nepo’s king in a jar of mayonnaise.
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Old 04-27-2021, 10:01 PM   #7402
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Nepo could be a tough test for Carlsen - he has a lifetime plus score against him in classical games of +4 =6 -1

I heard that these games include several from when they were 11 years old - but not sure to what degree that is true.
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Old 04-27-2021, 10:45 PM   #7403
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*looks like 2 wins are from youth - so still a winning record
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Old 05-23-2021, 08:22 AM   #7404
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Wrong thread maybe but how do I get less terrible at chess? I'm OK on tactics but don't have much of an idea re. strategy - what to do in the middlegame, which pawns to push etc. In some matches I look at the computer analysis and it says a move I did in the opening took me from +0.4 to -1.6 and I can't spot why it was so bad - my opponent has no immediate tactic. Something which explained the thought process of a top player on the "non fancy" moves would be ideal.
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Old 05-23-2021, 10:16 AM   #7405
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1. Play a lot of games and allow your brain to absorb the patterns subconsciously (this is much easier in the internet age than it used to be), because much of chess is pattern recognition and somewhat less is lengthy calculation.

2. As a break from that, play through some of the annotated GM games from chess.com or similar, move by move.

3. Study the endings (some would argue this should be #1) so you better understand when to head into them.

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Read what professional chess trainers say and ignore this list
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Old 05-24-2021, 01:10 AM   #7406
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David Bronstein's book on the 1953 Zurich Candidates tournament is the best book I've read on chess strategy. And Understanding Chess: Move by Move by John Nunn sounds like exactly what you're looking for--something that explains "the thought process of a top player on the 'non fancy' moves." These and other strategy-oriented books can be a lot of fun, and definitely made me feel more knowledgeable about chess and able follow the logic of a game between two strong players. But in terms of strict improvement, you'll get more bang for your buck just drilling tactics and analyzing your games in depth. Unless you are 2200+, you are losing lots of games due to tactics.

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Old 05-26-2021, 12:55 PM   #7407
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is there anything more tilting than players, having started a repetition/perpetual sequence of moves, declining a draw offer then proceeding to take the draw line?
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Old 05-26-2021, 03:05 PM   #7408
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is there anything more tilting than players, having started a repetition/perpetual sequence of moves, declining a draw offer then proceeding to take the draw line?
On some of the phone apps its more convenient to just repeat than figure out where the menu for the draw button is, especially when low on time.
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Old 06-15-2021, 08:07 PM   #7409
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Chess bbv. I have to resign about 10% of my games because wife or child needs something. Doh


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Old 06-18-2021, 07:50 AM   #7410
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Wrong thread maybe but how do I get less terrible at chess? I'm OK on tactics but don't have much of an idea re. strategy - what to do in the middlegame, which pawns to push etc. In some matches I look at the computer analysis and it says a move I did in the opening took me from +0.4 to -1.6 and I can't spot why it was so bad - my opponent has no immediate tactic. Something which explained the thought process of a top player on the "non fancy" moves would be ideal.
One of the best books I ever read in this vein was called Logical Chess move by move by Irving Chernev. Shows high level games and literally comments every single move with text instead of moves. I have no doubt it inspired the Nunn book.
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