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chessgregory 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Weaknesses Could any one please look at some of my past games and suggest to me my weaknesses and give me some advice. (I am a beginner but would like to improve)

tim_b 40 ( +1 | -1 )
From one game... Watch out for forks and other nasty tricks that cost you material, e.g. skewers. Also be careful about weakening your pawn defence on whichever side you castle.

I found the following site, which is for kids and sounds like it, but gives useful advice:


ionadowman 107 ( +1 | -1 )
Against hagruzini... ...I was a bit surprised you didn't take the tacit draw at about move 13 ..
As Black, you played 13...Qb4+ 14.Bd2 Qd4+ 15.Be3 Bb4+??, which after 16.Ke2 left you bound to lose the Exchange at least. Had you stayed with repeating Q moves, you would very cleverly have saved the game: he has, as you yourself saw, to deal with the check, the mate threat and his 'en prise' Knight.
I suspect you went looking for more? Having found the drawing line, it is more than reasonable to look around to see if there is anything more in the position. But here, it seems you assumed that White would respond to the B check in the same way as he did to the Q check, or else after 16...Qg4+ 17.Nf3??. To be sure, after B exchanges, you pick up the Knight with a winning game. This is where you start asking: 'What if he does something else, then?"
When thinking about your opponent's moves, try and find the 'worst case' scenario. If your position can handle that, then you're OK.
far1ey 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Take your time On your profile you say you like to play fast games. Also as mentioned earlier some of the mistakes you are making are very basic. You have 3 or more days to make a move so take your time, look at the position go get some sleep and come back in the morning if necessary. My rating went from 1500 to 1600 just by doing this.
doctor_knight 107 ( +1 | -1 )
about your game against shooty453 I think the obvious mistake was letting your bishop and knight get forked by the pawn on move 8.

You both missed the fact that he had a free center (and important) pawn on move 3 unless I'm just not seeing something out of this world.

I think possibly on move 6 you should have moved f4 and not blocked the pawn with the knight because in closed positions the king is usually much safer by default and the f pawn might have been useful in a position like that. A sicilian player would probably know better. I really don't know sicilian positions well so maybe I should not say much more about the opening.

on move 20 you could have won a pawn and been better off than you were by Bg5 B*g5 21. N*g5 threatening to fork the rooks so the h pawn must fall and you can start to attack on the kingside and strengthen your queenside by moving the bishop out of the way and trying to trade queens to get to a position were he can't do much on the queenside and you have activity on the kingside.

I may be wrong though so maybe the strong players could look at it.
coyotefan 91 ( +1 | -1 )
Slow down This is not a race. It is obvious that you are more concerned about playing fast moves rather than playing correct moves. The one thing you will notice about almost all higher rated players is that they play slow and correct.

My #2 suggestioin is that you get a blundercheck system. Mine is that before I make any move I go from piece to piece that my opponent has and consider how each piece effects the game, and how it can hurt me. Not only the piece he moved, but ALL the pieces. This will eliminate about 99% of all the forks and traps you seem to fall into.

My #3 suggestion is that after you decide which move you want to make you write it down, and do not make it. Come back in a few hours or more later, and re-blundercheck the move. Then, and only then make it.

i know this may seem boring, but if you want to improve, there are no shortcuts.
chessgregory 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks Thanks for all the advice!!!

It was very helpful. I am not going to bother with fast games anymore but take my time.
mattdw 15 ( +1 | -1 )
All good advice, my suggestions would be basically the same thing - doing a blunder check and practicing tactics should make a lot of difference.
zhnkiu 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Take a look at some old master games with wins in under 25 moves. These are short paradigms easy to remember. Use this chance to learn notation as well, so that you can 'see' the game better.
doctor_knight 96 ( +1 | -1 )
Something I forgot to mention. Play over annotated games by masters (especially the ones that feature the openings you're interested in)

Over a period of only about a few months, this has dramatically increased my playing ability and general understanding of chess.

And I said play over them, don't just read them. You get the most benifit when you actually put yourself in the place of the winner (or the side that drew from a position of disadvantage) and seriously try to decide the best move (the move you would be playing) before you look at what the master played. Sometimes the master may make a mistake and you will know it, but most of the time he will make very good moves so it will cause you to consider what is wrong with your analysis. Sometimes it's more fun and maybe even more helpful to play over the game with a friend or better yet, an expert. You can learn alot this way.
ketchuplover 4 ( +1 | -1 )
You have a 69% success rate. Not too shabby.