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Eliminate Tactical Blunders From Your Chess Game

To eliminate blunders from your chess game effectively, you must first understand the psychological side of the game. Someone has said,”Chess,like Love,like Music,has the power to make men happy”. What he has forgotten to say is,” If you lose a game due to a blunder, you would feel like dying”. You see, a man is not a machine. No matter how much technique he has learnt about the game, he is still prone to commit a blunder. A machine can make mistakes too. But those mistakes are normally mistakes in long-term Strategy,so are not called ‘Blunders’.

What are the reasons for committing blunders? Let us examine some of them:

  1. Tiredness. A normal Tournament can take up between three to five days. In my experience you can play to your form only for the first couple of days. On the third day, your mind starts refusing to think. And you start making elementary mistakes. Come the fifth day, even a beginner can pin-point your wrong move.
  2. Playing without plans. You need plans in life. The same is true in chess.
  3. Inadequate knowledge of Strategy and/or Tactics. If you don’t know all the possibilities to attack, you will fail to find the best move.
  4. Poor grasp of the position. You don’t fully appreciate your resources.
  5. Underestimating opponent’s counterattacks. Do you think that only you know how to attack?
  6. Too obsessed with a single line of attack. Your opponent can refute your previous move.
  7. Being emotional because victory is already within sight. Hey, don’t get over-excited! The game is not over yet until your opponent has resigned or you have mated him.
  8. Already in time trouble, so there is not enough time to analyse positions. Who asked you to spend so much time in the openings?
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How do you eliminate blunders?. Once you understand the causes of blunders, it becomes easier to eradicate them from your play. The following guidelines can certainly help:

1. Be alert and vigilant at all time. Don’t assume any position as easy and re-examine it during your turn to move to see how much the position has changed.

2. When you see a good move sits on your hand,BEWARE! This might spell Danger! You might jump to premature conclusion and commit that blunder.

3. Do more reading. Many books and periodicals have been published on chess. You can also watch chess training videos. When you have adequate knowledge of the game, you can plan better and you will know exactly what to do next. So your tendency to blunder will diminish.

4. Last, but not least, practice, practice and practice. Participate in more tournaments. Test your theoretical knowledge in actual play

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