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cotdt
Member since Dec-12-05 · Last seen Aug-01-18
you need to play chess every day or you get rusty and blunder a lot. playing blitz seems to make your OTB game worse. but this might not apply to everyone. solving puzzles help a lot. chess is really hard game, even for the very best players, and even the best chess engines sometimes can't solve a simple mate in 2. so take on the challenge!

the two quickest and most effective ways to improve in chess is to study endgames and study the chess of grandmasters. i prefer bishops over knight in most cases. a pair of bishops is as strong as a pair of rooks, and stronger than bishop+knight, which is stronger than 2 knights. in correspondence chess games, i try to make the best move, but in OTB games, I just try to get the opponent to make mistakes. most players are very strong in tactics, but have never study the endgame, so i try to simplify to the endgame early to one that is in my favor. Rook and pawn endgames are especially important. Endgame study is really tough but the most rewarding as it can get you the most wins.

Studying the Opening beyond the first 5 moves is overrated. In correspondence games, you can think up of your own opening moves as you go along, because you can analyze a lot of variations. In some games where you are allowed to use the help of a computer engine, you can definately make figure out good moves that may be superior to just looking up a database. I think only at the highest levels of OTB play is Opening theory memorization important, so just know the general principles and save your time.


   cotdt has kibitzed 2901 times to chessgames   [less...]
   May-04-10 Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010) (replies)
 
cotdt: I just woke up how many hours till it start?
 
   Nov-11-09 Tal Memorial (2009) (replies)
 
cotdt: How many more hours?
 
   Jun-16-09 Bazna Tournament (2009) (replies)
 
cotdt: Nisipeanu should not have been invited to this tournament! He has no fighting spirit.
 
   Feb-23-09 Topalov vs Kamsky, 2009 (replies)
 
cotdt: <radu stancu: Maybe they're changing colors mid-match?> FIDE would never do such a thing!
 
   Feb-21-09 Kamsky vs Topalov, 2009 (replies)
 
cotdt: Looking good... go Kamsky!
 
   Feb-17-09 Kamsky vs Topalov, 2009 (replies)
 
cotdt: go gata go!
 
   Feb-12-09 Topalov - Kamsky Candidates Final (2009) (replies)
 
cotdt: Kamsky is going to explode and win!
 
   Jan-24-09 Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2009 (replies)
 
cotdt: i'll say it again: Van Wely sucks!!!
 
   Jan-24-09 Corus Group A (2009) (replies)
 
cotdt: i like kamsky's position
 
   Jan-19-09 Carlsen vs Movsesian, 2009 (replies)
 
cotdt: carlsen has a bishop pair and the initiative
 
   Nov-28-08 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
   Nov-27-08 Kamsky vs Ivanchuk, 2008 (replies)
   Nov-25-08 Dresden Olympiad (2008) (replies)
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   Oct-28-08 Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (replies)
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   Aug-21-08 Tal Memorial (2008) (replies)
   Aug-17-08 A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-14-08 FIDE Grand Prix (2008) (replies)
   Aug-12-08 I Cheparinov vs Aronian, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-30-08 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) (replies)
   Jun-01-08 Gata Kamsky (replies)
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   Apr-28-08 V Gashimov vs Kamsky, 2008 (replies)
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   Jan-25-08 Carlsen vs Anand, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-23-08 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
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   Jan-06-08 Anna Rudolf (replies)
   Jan-05-08 Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2007 (replies)
   Jan-04-08 D Gormally vs T Rendle, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-31-07 Emil Sutovsky (replies)
   Dec-29-07 Hikaru Nakamura (replies)
   Dec-21-07 Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-19-07 Russian Championship Superfinal (2007) (replies)
   Dec-18-07 World Cup (2007) (replies)
   Dec-17-07 S Danailov vs Ashley, 2000
   Dec-17-07 Silvio Danailov (replies)
   Dec-17-07 Joshua Waitzkin (replies)
   Dec-17-07 Kamsky vs K Georgiev, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-16-07 Kamsky vs Shirov, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-15-07 Alexey Shirov (replies)
   Dec-15-07 Shirov vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-15-07 Garry Kasparov (replies)
   Dec-15-07 Karpov - Kamsky FIDE World Championship Match (1996) (replies)
   Dec-14-07 Kamsky vs Shirov, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-14-07 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
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   Dec-13-07 Karjakin vs Shirov, 2007 (replies)
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   Dec-13-07 Iturrizaga Bonelli vs Svidler, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-13-07 The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-12-07 Kramnik vs Shirov, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-12-07 Varuzhan Akobian (replies)
   Dec-12-07 Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 (replies)
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   Dec-11-07 Peter Svidler (replies)
   Dec-10-07 Karjakin vs Deep Junior, 2004 (replies)
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   Dec-10-07 Ahmed Adly (replies)
   Dec-10-07 Levon Aronian (replies)
   Dec-09-07 Mamedyarov vs Kramnik, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-09-07 Kamsky vs E Alekseev, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-09-07 S Polgar vs Kamsky, 2006 (replies)
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   Dec-09-07 Volodymyr Onyshchuk (replies)
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   Dec-08-07 Kamsky vs Ponomariov, 2007
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   Dec-05-07 Wang Yue vs I Cheparinov, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-05-07 Svidler vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-05-07 Evgeny Alekseev (replies)
   Dec-04-07 K Lie vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-04-07 Vladimir Akopian (replies)
   Dec-04-07 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (replies)
   Dec-03-07 Aronian vs D Gormally, 2005 (replies)
   Dec-03-07 Kjetil A Lie (replies)
   Dec-03-07 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
   Dec-02-07 Carlsen vs Dominguez Perez, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-01-07 Wang Yue (replies)
   Nov-30-07 Leinier Dominguez Perez (replies)
   Nov-30-07 I Cheparinov vs Mamedyarov, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-29-07 Short vs D Baramidze, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-28-07 Deep Fritz vs Deep Junior, 2001 (replies)
   Nov-22-07 Vasyl Ivanchuk (replies)
   Nov-22-07 World Blitz Championship (2007) (replies)
   Nov-21-07 B Savchenko vs Mamedyarov, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-21-07 Anand vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-21-07 Raffael (replies)
   Nov-21-07 Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-21-07 Tal Memorial (2007) (replies)
   Nov-20-07 Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-18-07 Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-17-07 Mamedyarov vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-17-07 Jakovenko vs Kramnik, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-16-07 Kramnik vs E Alekseev, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-14-07 Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Oct-20-07 Bilbao Blindfold Chess World Cup (2007) (replies)
   Oct-17-07 Polgar vs Topalov, 2007 (replies)
   Oct-11-07 Paul Truong (replies)
   Oct-04-07 European Club Cup (2007) (replies)
   Oct-01-07 World Championship Tournament (2007) (replies)
   Oct-01-07 P H Nielsen vs Anand, 2004
   Sep-30-07 Alexander Morozevich (replies)
   Sep-29-07 Anand vs Leko, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-24-07 Vasik G Rajlich (replies)
   Sep-20-07 Alexander Grischuk (replies)
   Sep-17-07 Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-15-07 Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-15-07 Kramnik vs Svidler, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-14-07 Anand vs Gelfand, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-14-07 Nakamura vs J Becerra Rivero, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-14-07 Carlsen vs H Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-13-07 Ingrid Oen Carlsen (replies)
   Aug-13-07 I Carlsen vs J Asvang, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-13-07 E Degerstedt vs I Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-13-07 E Norbakken vs I Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-13-07 A G Jakobsen vs I Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-11-07 Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 (replies)
   Aug-11-07 Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007) (replies)
   Aug-10-07 Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 (replies)
   Aug-09-07 Deep Fritz vs Germany, 2001 (replies)
   Aug-09-07 Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 (replies)
   Aug-09-07 Yifan Hou (replies)
   Aug-08-07 Einstein vs Oppenheimer, 1933 (replies)
   Aug-07-07 Daniel Gormally (replies)
   Aug-06-07 G Timmerman vs M Umansky, 2005 (replies)
   Aug-05-07 Alexander Onischuk (replies)
   Aug-02-07 Biel Chess Festival (2007) (replies)
   Aug-02-07 Polgar vs Pelletier, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-02-07 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-02-07 Onischuk vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002
   Aug-01-07 Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-01-07 Radjabov vs Motylev, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-31-07 Polgar vs Onischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-31-07 Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-28-07 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
   Jul-28-07 Onischuk vs Van Wely, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-25-07 Bu Xiangzhi vs Polgar, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-25-07 Pelletier vs Onischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-25-07 Onischuk vs Grischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-13-07 Nakamura vs Onischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-13-07 J van Oosterom vs G Timmerman, 1996 (replies)
   Jul-01-07 World Open (2007) (replies)
   Jun-24-07 Dortmund Sparkassen (2007) (replies)
   Jun-12-07 Kamsky vs Gelfand, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-12-07 World Championship Candidates (2007) (replies)
   Jun-12-07 ??? (replies)
   Jun-12-07 Deep Junior vs Deep Fritz, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-12-07 Shulman vs The World, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-11-07 ??? (replies)
   Jun-11-07 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Jun-10-07 Kamsky vs Gelfand, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-07-07 Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2007
   Jun-07-07 ??? (replies)
   Jun-06-07 Dlugy vs Anand, 1993 (replies)
   Jun-05-07 Maxim Dlugy (replies)
   Jun-05-07 Kramnik vs S Polgar, 1994 (replies)
   Jun-04-07 Etienne Bacrot (replies)
   Jun-04-07 ??? (replies)
   Jun-04-07 Rublevsky vs Ponomariov, 2007
   Jun-04-07 ??? (replies)
   May-31-07 Bacrot vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   May-31-07 Kamsky vs P Fossan, 1987 (replies)
   May-31-07 ??? (replies)
   May-30-07 ??? (replies)
   May-29-07 Bacrot vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   May-29-07 ??? (replies)
   May-29-07 Kamsky vs Bacrot, 2007 (replies)
   May-28-07 ??? (replies)
   May-28-07 ??? (replies)
   May-20-07 Mtel Masters (2007) (replies)
   Dec-01-06 Kramnik - Deep Fritz (2006) (replies)
   Nov-08-06 Ponomariov vs Morozevich, 2006 (replies)
   Nov-08-06 Morozevich vs Carlsen, 2006 (replies)
   Nov-08-06 Tal Memorial (2006) (replies)
   Nov-03-06 Topalov vs Hydra, 2004 (replies)
   Nov-01-06 The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-31-06 Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (replies)
   Oct-30-06 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
   Oct-29-06 Essent Tournament (2006) (replies)
   Oct-26-06 Judit Polgar (replies)
   Oct-25-06 Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 (replies)
   Oct-24-06 Polgar vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-23-06 Rybka (Computer) (replies)
   Oct-20-06 Polgar vs Kramnik, 1995 (replies)
   Oct-18-06 Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 (replies)
   Oct-15-06 Deep Fritz (Computer) (replies)
   Oct-15-06 Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 (replies)
   Oct-15-06 Brains in Bahrain (2002) (replies)
   Oct-10-06 Alexander Khalifman (replies)
   Oct-08-06 Fritz (Computer) (replies)
   Oct-08-06 S Danailov vs Kramnik, 1992 (replies)
   Oct-07-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-06-06 U Mehlhorn vs JosephThomas, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-06-06 Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-06-06 Kasparov vs Polgar, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-06-06 chessmoron chessforum (replies)
   Oct-06-06 DrDum chessforum (replies)
   Oct-05-06 brankat chessforum (replies)
   Oct-05-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-05-06 Karpov vs Kramnik, 1994 (replies)
   Oct-04-06 Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 (replies)
   Oct-04-06 Grischuk vs V Yandemirov, 2000 (replies)
   Oct-04-06 Oral vs S Rubin, 1998 (replies)
   Oct-04-06 Karpov vs Kramnik, 1997 (replies)
   Oct-04-06 K Spraggett vs S Danailov, 1994
   Oct-04-06 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-04-06 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-04-06 Chessmaster (Computer) (replies)
   Oct-04-06 Kramnik vs Bruzon Batista, 2006 (replies)
   Sep-27-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Sep-27-06 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
   Sep-27-06 Paul Morphy (replies)
   Sep-27-06 you vs yourself chessforum (replies)
   Sep-27-06 Rybka vs Zappa, 2006 (replies)
   Sep-26-06 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Sep-26-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Jul-26-06 Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2006 (replies)
   Jul-25-06 Yudasin vs Kamsky, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-16-06 Alexandra Kosteniuk (replies)
   Jun-13-06 ETABETA (Computer) (replies)
   Jun-12-06 Turin Olympiad (2006) (replies)
   Jun-12-06 Yasser Seirawan (replies)
   Jun-10-06 Navara vs Z Kozul, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-10-06 D Gormally vs M Houska, 1998 (replies)
   Jun-10-06 HIARCS (Computer) (replies)
   Jun-10-06 Kramnik vs A Aleksandrov, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-10-06 Ganguly vs Nakamura, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-10-06 Kamsky vs Anand, 1993 (replies)
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   Jun-04-06 Kamsky vs Carlsen, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-03-06 WCCC (2006) (replies)
   Jun-03-06 Kamsky vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-02-06 Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-01-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 (replies)
   Jun-01-06 Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   May-31-06 Hydra (Computer) (replies)
   May-31-06 Kramnik vs Bacrot, 2006
   May-29-06 ParSOS vs ETABETA, 2006 (replies)
   May-29-06 Jac Thomas vs M Yu, 2006
   May-28-06 FIBChess vs ETABETA, 2006 (replies)
   May-28-06 V Bogdanovski vs Golubev, 1991 (replies)
   May-27-06 Bu Xiangzhi (replies)
   May-26-06 Kasimdzhanov vs Ivanchuk, 2006 (replies)
   May-26-06 Kamsky vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   May-26-06 Panov vs N Sorokin, 1953 (replies)
   May-26-06 Jobava vs Kamsky, 2006 (replies)
   May-25-06 Bu Xiangzhi vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   May-25-06 M Umansky vs J Penrose, 1989 (replies)
   May-25-06 Karpov vs R Fiszer, 2000 (replies)
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   May-22-06 Panov vs Bondarevsky, 1937 (replies)
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   May-20-06 Kamsky vs Kasparov, 1992 (replies)
   May-18-06 Kamsky vs Ponomariov, 2006 (replies)
   May-18-06 Kamsky vs Anand, 2006 (replies)
   May-18-06 Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2006 (replies)
   May-18-06 6th International CSVN Tournament (2006) (replies)
   May-18-06 Bacrot vs Kamsky, 2006 (replies)
   May-18-06 Anand vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Jan-20-06 Corus Group A (2006) (replies)
   Jan-20-06 I Cheparinov vs Smeets, 2006
   Jan-18-06 Topalov vs Mamedyarov, 2006 (replies)
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   Jan-14-06 Topalov vs Kamsky, 2006 (replies)
   Dec-12-05 Ponomariov vs Grischuk, 2005 (replies)
   Dec-12-05 Bacrot vs Aronian, 2005 (replies)
   Dec-12-05 Kamsky vs Shirov, 1996
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