Monday, March 30, 2009

50 bad chess habits

LAST week, I wrote “64 chess commandments,” describing what one must follow in order to play excellent chess. This time, I am featuring what you should not do.

1. Playing too fast. 2. Neglecting to castle. 3. Failing to develop pieces early. 4. Moving the same pieces multiple times in the opening. 5. Underestimating the importance of controlling the center 6. Expecting to win in the opening. 7. Unwise pawn grabbing at the expense of development.

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8. Giving useless checks and idle threats. 9. Relying on opponents errors. 10. Making careless moves. 11. Making unsound gambits. 12. Attacking with only one or 2 pieces. 13. Exchanging pieces without purpose. 14. Creating weaknesses in your position

15. Overlooking opponents threats. 16. Missing tactical opportunities by not analyzing changes in the position. 17. Losing material by not asking yourself “Is this move safe?” 18. Believing that early material deficit can be overcome. 19. Not keeping accurate count of materials all the time. 20. Being mentally lazy by not looking far ahead. 21. Having no systematic method of searching for a move.

22. Failing to analyze each position. 23. Not analyzing the consequences of all possible captures. 24. Playing with no plans at all. 25. Persisting with faulty plans. 26. Becoming so involved in your plans and neglecting your opponent’s threats.

27. Not playing adequate defense by not breaking pins early, not keeping all pieces and pawns defended, walking into knight forks, aligning your queen and king with enemy‘s pieces. 28. Ignoring or discounting positional possibilities such as open files and diagonals, outposts and rooks on the 7th rank.

29. Ignoring or underestimating the importance of pawn play (passed pawns, pawn exchanges and sacrifices, weak pawns and holes in pawn structure. 30. Being too passive. 31. Too willing to trade queens. 32. Always accepting sacrifices without analyzing the consequences 33. Never playing sacrifices. 34. Playing the opponent rather than the position on the board.

35. Not activating your king early in the endgame. 36. Becoming intimidated by playing passively against stronger opponents or playing carelessly against weaker opponents. 37. Concentrating ahead of your opponent on the clock rather than on the board. 38. Not relaxing by taking frequent mental breaks during the game.

39. Not creating, protecting and advancing your pawns in the endgame. 40. Always playing to win when a draw is realistic. 41. Resigning prematurely. 42. Agreeing prematurely to draws. 43. Becoming overconfident and careless on winning positions. 44. Listening to too many advice chess-givers. 45. Not recording and reviewing your games. 46.Not studying regularly. 47. Not trying new ideas even on casual games.

48. Carelessly allowing losing opponents to stalemate. 49. Playing only weaker opponents. 50. Becoming emotionally upset after losses instead of learning a pertinent lesson in order to improve future play.

Aboitizland-Opascor match Aboitizland edged Opascor 11-9 in their 10-board goodwill match last Wednesday at the Opascor training room. Two games were played by each player and those who had perfect scores were Ryan Villacorta, Maggi Dionson, Mandy Baria, Rogelio Pesole and Earl James Returya of Aboitizland and Marwin Eguia, Tony Riveral,Ricky Lucero and Gerry Dignos of Opascor. There were no draws in the hotly contested match.

Others who played for Aboitizland were Jesmar Cabriles, Anthony Abueva, Jypsie Cullano, Jade Garzon and Bering
Buenaventura. The host team had Fel Alasagas, Albert Mula,Tomas Riveral, Lesar Ortega, Vench Ybanez and Mark Alasagas.

There will be a rematch on April 4, this time at Aboitizland in Banilad.

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