Chess Tips II

If you have read chess tips I then continue here. Chess is not just about winning or losing. It is a game of honour and fairness. It is like a philosophy, a way of life.

When you become a chess player, then chess will have a certain influence on your life and on your way of thinking.

Keep on playing, then you will understand what I mean. But there are sometimes tricks used that can upset your mental balance. Just get to know them, that will be sufficient. Don't use them, as your opponent deserves a fair game. The following tricks are not the way a chess player should behave, don't you think? Read more about Chess Tricks

Your Emotions in Chess

Chess Stories

Chess Jokes

Decline Draw Offers

Psychological Chess Tips

When you are winning ...
There is a saying in chess:

Nothing is harder than winning a winning position.

If you have a winning advantage don't let it slip away. Be patient and make good moves to secure your victory. Cut down the counter-play of your opponent. Don't take any risks. Don't think: Hey, my position is a sure win. No problem! If you think like that, you become arrogant and your brain is falling asleep. And it will be hard to wake it up again.

Follow these chess tips here to win more games:
When you are winning your brain is losing attention. Your alertness and your willpower are going downhill.

Just one mistake is enough and you have spoiled your winning position. You might fall into a deadly trap. It might end in a draw or you might even lose this game. Your opponent doesn't want to lose so he will fight like hell until the bitter end. But your brain has switched off already. So don't fall asleep! Beware of traps.

When you reach a winning position you should tell yourself: "Hey, I am winning! I have to be very careful now. Now I must play my best chess! I must play even better than before! I have to be alert and fully awake or I lose or just make a draw."

Don't take every Gift in Chess

Many chess players are materialists. They take every pawn or piece that is offered to them without using their brain.

Please understand that sometimes a pawn or a piece is poisonous. It is a gift to you made by your opponent to get something else in return. For example he might get a devastating attack going at your kingside or he might win your queen by offering you a pawn.

However, when you get offered something for free in chess your alarm bell must ring! Do analyze if this gift is really free or poisoned. It's not christmas yet!

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  • The following diagram shows that you should be careful and not grab all the materal you can get. Chess is not a purely materialistic game but to get a good position is important as well.

    Example: See this position below! Black moves.

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    Black is winning as he is up in material. But he is greedy and captures the pawn on f3 without switching on his brain beforehand! White played Rf1 winning the knight and the game.

    Defend like Hell

    If you run into a bad position, defend it as good as you can. Use all your mental strength and willpower. Don't lose hope as your opponent has probably lost some of his attention already because he knows, of course, that he is winning. It is possible that his brain has fallen asleep already, he just didn't realize it yet. If you put up a trap he might fall right into it.

    You as a defender must react to his moves and must remain wide awake. And you have to find sometimes the best move to survive. Whereas the attacker has no problems at all finding good moves, as it is easy to attack, but very difficult to defend. Especially if you have to find so called only-moves (the only move to survive).

    Defending bad or even lost positions will give you a hard time. It is a normal process that you lose hope and you tend to give up. Become aware of that. Don't lose concentration but try to hold up your willpower to find saving moves and put up dangerous traps or change the structure of the position completely, if possible. This might upset your opponents thinking.

    A good defense can win a game just the same way as a strong attack. Never forget that. Don't say to yourself: "I am losing!" This will block your thinking process and you will lose faith in your ability to hold this position. Just tell yourself: "I am going to defend this position like hell now!" "I will play my best chess now!"

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    In the position above (Aleksei Suetin-Makarytschew / Open Championship/Moskow 1983) Black had played the opening badly, is a pawn down and has a losing game.
    Grandmaster Suetin (White) knows that he has a winning game. His attention decreased rapidly. He had to make a move. Black is threatening Rxc2+.

    Suetin just had to play something like Rd2 or Ba4 but he plays mechanically b3??. Just a few seconds later he realizes his dreadful mistake and resigns immediately.

    This is just an example. Loss of attention happens among chess grandmasters as well.

    Here are some chess tips that are concerning your attitude towards the game and other players.

    Never get upset at your Opponent

    Some chess players seem to be aggressive. They are knocking the piece on the board when making a move. They believe a move is much stronger if they place it with a loud knock. Or they press the piece very hard on the board and screw it. Don't worry about those players as they are usually pretty weak. This is my experience. Once I had a game where the player was even reading a newspaper while playing. I was feeling getting upset, but I calmed down and concentrated on my game. Fortunately he lost.

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    When you have lost

    It is sometimes hard to lose in chess. I am the first one to admit, but life goes on. No reason to cry. (ha-ha-ha) This sounds funny doesn't it?
    Okay, I try again:
    Every player loses. This is normal. But it is not normal to worry about your loss all day long and to think about your loss while playing your next game.

    When you have lost a game, have a quick look at the position to find out why you have lost, to satisfy your desire of knowing what has happened. Your opponent does often help you and might give you useful chess tips about the way you have played the position. After that go to bed or eat something, talk to friends or go for a walk. Relax. Forget this game. If you are not able to put that game aside in your mind and relax, then this game will cost more points as you might lose the next game as well because you are still upset. If you play in a tournament you need to be refreshed to play the next game.

    A few days later you analyze your game and find the reason why you lost. Just learn from your mistake and never make the same mistake again. Don't try to win the next game just because you lost the last one. This is a big psychological mistake. The next game has nothing to do with the one you lost before. You can ruin the position of the next game, just because you want to win desperately to make up for the lost game before.

    If you cannot detach yourself from your loss you will lose the next game as well because >b>your mind is not in present time. You are not wide awake, aware and fully alert because you have taken the loss personally.

    Don't take a loss personally! You are not an inferior person because you lost! You just lost a game of chess, that's all! Forget about it! The next game is waiting.

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    Never underestimate your Opponent

    Even when your opponent is rated lower, don't underestimate him. This is the biggest mistake you can make. Respect his strength and play your best chess. If you don't take him seriously your brain might fall asleep and you are not attentive. You might fall into a trap and lose.

    Never overestimate yourself! These chess tips will prevent that you behave like a fool.

    1. Don't think, that you are a genius and the other players are just dumb heads!

    2. Don't believe that just because you have a higher rating that you can't lose to a much weaker player. The rating is just statistics. The player could be a young chess talent and his rating has not yet caught up with his real strength. Or you might have a bad day and your brain is not working properly. This can happen.

    I tell you a little story now which will highlight this attitude:
    There was a match around the year 1908 between the coffeehouse-player Burletzki (who did not follow my chess tips) and a German chess master named Koehnlein. The winner would be the player who wins the first six games.

    Burletzki had great confidence in his own abilities but lost the first game.

    Burletzki: "Shit! I've made a bad mistake."

    The second game Koehnlein won again.

    Burletzki: "You can't win them all!"

    The third game Koehnlein won again.

    Burletzki: "I am just in bad shape today!"

    The fourth game Koehnlein won again.

    Burletzki: "He doesn't play that bad."

    The fifth game Koehnlein won again.

    Burletzki: "I underestimated him!"

    The sixth game Koehnlein won again.

    Burletzki: "I think he plays as strong as me."

    (translated from Beheim-Schwarzbach 1953,p 265/266)

    I think the best advice is useless in this case above. Chess tips don't help here, I think. But hey? Got the idea?

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    Always analyze your own Chess Games

    This is probably the most important of all chess tips. Why should I study my own games? The reason is to find typical mistakes that are related to your personality and to your personal way of thinking. Your reasoning process runs always a certain way and might produce the same kind of mistakes. To study your own mistakes and identify the reason behind a blunder will change your way of chess thinking and you improve faster. You gain additional chess knowledge which is very difficult to develop over the board. This chess knowledge will lead to more points in the long run.

    How to play when your brain is locked?

    What you eat is how you play. Eat to win!

    You probably think: Hey Man! Don't tell me what to eat! Are you nuts? These are strange tips that I give here, aren't they? Sooner or later you are playing long serious games that might last up to six hours! How are you going to survive that keeping up your concentration on a high level? If you get tired after four hours your level of concentration drops and you will make most likely a disastrous mistake that might lose the game outright.

    When this happens you will be very angry at yourself for making such a blunder. How can I lose like that in such a good position? How can I lose against such an idiot? Yes, my friend, I know how it feels like. I have been playing chess for a long time now and this is hard to take.

    I give you some advise on how to protect your health. I know that not many will take it. But I give it anyway. These tips might even lead you on to a good path and to good health.

    Don't smoke and don't drink.

    Chess requires a strong willpower and nicotine and especially alcohol undermine your will. You become addictive and the tar in cigarettes increases your risk of getting lung cancer and bronchial disorders.

    Bobby Fischer didn't smoke and drank milk and fruit juices and kept himself fit with swimming.

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    Eat the right Food.

    Get carbohydrates:
    Noodles, rice, potatoes and whole-kernel corn bread.(forget about white bread and white noodles)
    Get protein:
    Protein is needed to make skin, muscles and bones and fight diseases. You need:
    Fish, cheese, yoghurt and quark. Sometimes meat.
    Get vitamins and minerals:
    Vegetables, fruit, milk and whole-kernel corn bread

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    Yes, Chess is a way of life. Follow my recommendations and it will affect your life as a whole in a positive way and not just the game. Chess tips are good, but to follow them is even better.

    The following article will give you hints about the way you should think to find a good move.

    How to think in Chess?

    Intuition in Chess

    The positional feeling is part of the chess-thinking- process. It is a higher level of logical thinking and belongs to intuition. Positional feeling does develop with chess experience but depends also on the talent of a chess player.

    If you have this talent then the right move springs to your mind before you even start calculating moves. Logic and intuition in chess belong together like day and night and are vital parts of the chess-thinking-process. If you find the right move in a chess game by intuition, you experience a moment of joy as you have completed a creative process.

    There are many positions where there is nothing to calculate. In this case the intuition plays an important role to find the right move.

    To improve your intuition you should play a lot of games, join a chess club and participate in tournament chess. There you will find helpful players who give you useful chess tips. This will increase your chess understanding which is the foundation of good intuition.

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