4 useful tips to avoid blunders

Blunders are always a nightmare for most chess players, even in the top GMs level. It is one of the worst feelings for a chess player when he makes a blunder – even worse, it could haunt you for days and sometimes it can never be forgotten.

So here comes the question: how to avoid blunders?

Before that, let’s try to find out the reasons for blunders. A blunder is usually caused by some tactical oversight, time trouble, overconfidence or carelessness.

To answer the above question our guest coach IM David Miedema has prepared a very instructive video lesson, where he gives you 4 useful tips to avoid blunders.

In this video he’ll show you two of his games: one, which he lost very quickly due to blunders and the other one, where he did almost everything right. You can watch the video lesson below:



What are the 4 tips?

  •  Be fresh – sleep well
    •  Keep developing your pieces
      •  If you attack your opponent’s queen, there is always a possibility for intermediates moves – remember, an attack to the king, NOT queen, is a check
        •  Try to remove your pieces from the active squares ONLY IF they are threatened directly

          you may also like to see GM Igor Smirnov’s videos on “How to eliminate blunders?” part-1 and part-2


          Author information
          IM David Miedema

          David Miedema is an International Master from the Netherlands. His biggest achievements include:


          –> 6th of the Netherlands, beating Anish Giri in the process, twice.

          –> Winning the Neckar open in 2010


          He gained crucial fun skills in teaching chess. He will be traveling around Europe making videos and live in nomad lifestyle.





          Master the art of defense with our course “Defending Champion”. If you want to strengthen your defending skills and stop losing games under pressure, then this course is for you.


          P.S. Do you like IM David Miedema’s lessons? What tips do you follow to avoid blunders? Please let us know by writing in the comments below – let’s discuss! 🙂
          Quick success in chess

          • Lovro Glavina

            Igor do you plan to play maybe in some tournament any time soon? Last time you’ve played serious OTB tournament was in 2009, as I see on your fide profile. I really wanna see you in action, either OTB or internet 🙂 Can I maybe spectate you plaiying on some internet server? Where do you play?

            • male Gupta

              yes i also want to see dear igor sir to play tournaments and to earn a lot of money i htink personally that igor is busy in coaching the world so doesnot get time to play tournaments.

            • RCA_moderator

              HI Lovro,
              Yes, GM Igor is focused on coaching and creating lessons for RCA.

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              • male Gupta

                thanks sir you are right.playing and coaching are two different things.if igor will play tournaments then who will tgeach us chess??dear sir what are the furture plans of rca?

                • +1 to Gupta’s comment on why I don’t play nowadays.

                  As for the future plans, the next courses are in progress. Once something is ready, I’ll post it on RCA website.

                  • male Gupta

                    Okk sir thankyou so much for this comment Igor siryou are great teacher and your teachings brought great results to my playing

                  • male Gupta

                    thankyou igor sir you are great we had been talking a lot since 4 years and i understand my coach feelings as well.

          • bibleexpert

            Nice lesson! Thanks

          • Morten Skarstad

            Nice video. Also, happened to come over this shortly after attending your training session in Sandefjord. Hope your leg is doing better!

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