1. 4 years ago


    Sep 4 Moderator

    We all know that feeling. The one moment all is well with the world, the next heart-stopping moment the whole position comes tumbling down due that B word.

    One would think that with more time to think blunders would be less, but my experience says that their are still far too many of them.

    Do you make fewer blunders on ChessConquest than in real life? How do you respond when you find that you have made a blunder? What advice would you give to prevent blunders?

    What blunder stories do you have?

  2. Yotta

    Sep 5 Administrator
    Edited 4 years ago by Yotta

    tallfred Do you make fewer blunders on ChessConquest than in real life?

    It's probably about the same... but I am fortunate that with recent games I didn't make any major blunders, and lost games more due to better strategy on my opponents part.

    tallfred How do you respond when you find that you have made a blunder?

    I find it best if one accepts a blunder as quickly as possible. Dwelling on it just makes it worse... I see a blunder as a great opportunity to learn from, and to make better decisions in the future, and then use the rest of the handicapped game as a means to exercise my skills.

    tallfred What advice would you give to prevent blunders?

    Give yourself enough time to evaluate your strategy properly, you can thereby reduce the amount of blunders you make.

  3. Hi everybody!

    When I create an oversight then exert more effort. I am trying to prove an opponent that was a victim, not an oversight. :)

    However, if the fault is heavier then the cultural surrender party.

    Tihomir Benko.

  4. I still make way too many blunders, especially in OTB games. If I think of all the tournament games I've played over the past year, I'd say that 75% of my losses are as a result of blundering when I had an advantageous or winning position. Even though it's horrible to experience such losses, they are important in the process of becoming a better chess player.

    Josh Waitzkin says it best:

    "It's very important to accept that winning and losing will both be part of our lives.
    When I look back on my competitive life so far - it's true, I've won a lot of big games, championships, titles … but the funny thing, if I'm being completely honest, is that I hardly remember the wins. Most of them weren't terribly important moments in my growth as a human being.
    But the losses, oh, I remember the losses. Each big loss is crystal clear in my mind because the experience was packed with life lessons that ultimately made me the person I am today.
    If you think about that reality, of the losses being our greatest teachers, it's liberating. It sets you free to put yourself on the line, to give it your all ... There is no shame in losing; there is only shame in not trying."

    If you've made a blunder, my advice would be to play on (within reason), and to try and recover. It's easy to resign, but it's also very important to know how to play losing positions, so consider it an opportunity to learn. And of course, your opponent can easily make a mistake as well. But most importantly: when you've made a blunder, remember it. Understand what you did wrong, and actively seek to prevent it from happening again.

    And also, this game includes my most facepalm-worthy blunder of all time . It's incredibly strange what happened there. It's as though I didn't see his rook, and then 36. Bg7+ goes from a 6.5 advantage for white, to dead equal. I subsequently lost the endgame.

  5. tallfred

    Sep 7 Moderator

    "Incredibly strange..." Maybe that's the definition of a blunder: the mind is somehow tricked into not seeing what should have been obvious.

    In a recent gamee here on ChessConquestmy opponent launched an unsubtle attack on my king, I immediately resolved NOT to make an obvious but fatal move. I then analyzed the position over a few days, combing through good lines and bad. I ran out of time, and then impulsively made the obvious move that I originally resolved NOT to make. BAM! mate in one. Game Over.

    Incredibly strange... Shakes head in disbelief.

  6. Hello everybody!
    Blunders are part of chess. They occur at all levels of chess, perhaps it helps remind us that we are human after all. Sometimes you just don't see it, or get carried away with the attack and SACK! everything is hanging. In a recent game here (35697) I got carried away with the attack and blundered terribly. My opponent must have asked, 'What's he thinking?'. In the end though I managed to squeeze a win out of it.
    The blunders I make here, I'd ascribe to the interruption in the thought process in correspondence chess as against over the board play where you concentrate on one game until it's finished. For example, I come online, look at the boards I am supposed to reply and sometimes just make the obvious move without studying the subtleties and nuances peculiar to the particular game. I have devised a means to prevent future blunders by going back a few moves so I can understand the peculiarities of a particular game before I make my move. This approach has been helpful thus far. Thanks.

  7. dyreros The blunders I make here, I'd ascribe to the interruption in the thought process in correspondence chess as against over the board play where you concentrate on one game until it's finished.

    This is exactly how I experience it. Sometimes I might spend half an hour on one move, trying to find some strategy, but days can pass before the opponent responds, and often I'll get myself into complicated positions where I have no idea what I had planned! This style of chess often causes a break in the flow of strategical thinking. But my biggest problem is that when I consider a position and think of candidate moves, all it takes is one extended interruption to forget the evaluation of each move that you had considered. So I remember the options, but not why, then I end up impulsively playing the move that feels best, thinking "surely this can't go wrong... please".

    I really need to make use of the "notes" feature...

  8. Blunders, the very thing that brings out monsters and desperadoes in my chess.
    I still remember my games against tallfred in the chessconquest 2012 championship tournament.
    We both had our blunders, but just after that, the real war began!
    It's really interesting watching yourself trying to fight on after a blunder, especially when the will to live is strong in you.

  9. tallfred

    Sep 15 Moderator

    I remember that match with Chinchin. After I lost the first game I threw the kitchen sink at him. It was one of the hardest fought matches I've played.

    And it makes me think that maybe that is the secret: if things are going badly, fight back. Find something unexpected in the position, make the other side work. It doesn't matter that it is not sound, just make him sweat. When you are down, you have nothing to lose. If that is the case you gotta go big, and if you lose you know that you have done your very best. If you win from being down... wow that's the best feeling.

    But don't fight on if you have no hope, just pushing pieces of plastic because it happens to be your move. The result is inevitable and you are just extending your misery. Resign and do something else: start a new game, or go mow the lawn, you will be happier.

    Foir some reason that triggers the thought that when you are playing there is no room for baggage. One of the biggest traps that even strong Grandmasters fall into when in a bad position is to waste energy wondering where they made their mistake and being angry with themselves for letting a game slip away. You can wonder about that after the game. For the time being you need to put all your energy into the game as it stands and get the best possible result from it.

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