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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

8/9/2016: What I wrote at Lichess.org: https://en.lichess.org/forum/general-chess-discussion/i-dont-know-what-to-do-here?page=2

BobC#12
"Sorry for my bad english"

You speak English better than most Americans.

"Hello, I just started playing chess, and I find this game so fascinating. I don't know where to begin studying. I play just 1. e4 e5 and I usually lose."

Welcome to the most fantastic game ever invented. And congratulations for finding Lichess.org, the best place on the internet for playing chess.

How to improve your game? I suggest be lazy like I am. I just play games and whether I win or lose I study the lichess computer analysis to find out what I did wrong. Using this method I have been able to improve all 3 phases of my game, the opening, the middle game, and the ending.

Another idea is you could study the games of the strongest players here. Or you could just watch their games on Lichess TV. I suggest watch the slower time controls because there will be less mistakes.

Losing is not a bad thing because that's how you learn. However for some reason I prefer winning.
BobC#13
One more thing. I suggest play only rated games. It's a good way to keep track of your progress.

Also, at your level I suggest never resign. Your opponent could make a mistake and you could win or get a draw, and if you lose you can learn how they finish the game.
BobC#14
"I'm currently playing a lot of 15+2, is that ok?"

That's perfect. I suggest stay with that.

I prefer 10/0 but I have a bit more experience. I started playing chess in 1961 when I was 12 years old.
martinoperin#15
@avonm "i'd suggest a slower time control" I know, you're probably right, I will try out also slower time controls. Thanks for the reply
@BobC Thanks for all the suggestions, man, you are awesome. I'll start playing also rated games now :D

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