Nerves of steel while playing chess (Part-2)


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If you live in Malaysia, we may meet soon. 🙂 I plan to visit Malaysia and would gladly meet with you. Feel free to send me an e-mail to [email protected]
GM Igor Smirnov MalaysiaNote: if you have questions about any other topics (chess courses etc) – please, send them to [email protected]
designFirst, I’d like to show you the solution to the task I gave you in the previous article:

You can download the solution here and check the answer.

breakFirst, let’s recall the main conclusions from the first part of this lesson.

  • You bear responsibility for your training.
    • You are responsible for doing your best while playing.
      •  BUT you are NOT responsible for the final result.
      • Now I’d like to share another profound idea with you.

        Please, remember how you got a certain skill – it may be any skill: driving a car/bicycle, drawing, cooking, etc.)
        –> Your first attempts probably were unsuccessful.
        –> However, you trained and improved your skill with every attempt.
        –> After some time you finally mastered this skill, and started being able to perform this skill well.

        Now here’s a question for you: can we say that those first unsuccessful attempts were your failure? Of course not! They were only the steps on your way to success!
        steps to successPerhaps we would like to be successful at everything with our first attempt. 🙂 However, it doesn’t work like this in reality. And it’s good – otherwise it would be too boring.

        Usually chess players treat chess losses as something purposeless or even negative. However, in fact they are only a part of your way to success! Your every game, every win and every loss, is only a step on the way to your chess goals!

        If you don’t limit your mind-set by today, but have a strategical vision; if you think about the WHOLE way to your chess goals – then everything falls into place.

        At the same time there are 2 necessary conditions here:

        1) You should not “just play”. Your goal is to train your correct thinking system.
        2) You should analyze your game after playing it. Thus you will detect what you did right, and what you did wrong (so that you can change the latter in your future training).

        If you follow these 2 conditions, then EVERY game will bring you a positive experience.

        In conclusion, let me repeat the KEY idea: Your every game, every win and every loss, is only a part of the way to your chess goals!

        Quick success in chess

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        1. Thanks for all this usefull ideas! I would like to repeat: you make me enjoy chess, learn – stadu and train the usefull things!

          I didn’t rich my chess goals yet but i can see a huge progress and nice wins… – I win in 3 minute blitz one player rated 2750- 🙂

          1. wow, that’s a nice win against a high rated player. Do you have a fide or uscf rating? or what’s your rating in a chess site?

        2. i am really enjoying your course,i find it easy to follow and very interesting,i feel i am improving!!! thanks,g.andreasen

        3. Very nice!Igor Sir. It is very useful if I able to know how to get ‘Alpha Mind Stage’ to perform as your 1st Idea and please let me known what is the Alpha Mind Stage’s Requirement_ Thank you.

        4. I have to find the solution in ten minutes !!

          You course hare ever instructive and efficacious, great teacher !!!!!!!!!!!!!

        5. What you just said seem true.
          But how can you explain the roller-coaster performance that some of us have, I mean: playing some games like a GM, understanding theory books very well, resolving postions like a GM but finally losing many games like a patzer.
          It happens to me, I don’t know if this occurs to anyone

          1. Analyzing your games is only the first step. Once you have identified the moves that were bad in a game, the next step is to figure out why you made them. This is really important. That is why analysis as soon as you can after the game is good, so your memory of your thoughts is fresh.

            Some problems are indirect. For instance, blunders in time pressure maybe due to insufficient endgame preparation, but most likely they are due to getting into time pressure in the first place.

            OTOH, I still don’t know why I made the patzer blunder in my last game. I only analyzed his recapture of my knight with his rook, and somehow did not see that he could retake with his queen. I have no idea why I did not see his queen was also defending. Maybe, I need to add a quick count of defenders to my blundercheck on sacrifices. Maybe, I am doing too many tactics problems from diagrams, rather than set up a board.

          1. you mean, after 1. … Nf3+, 2. exf3 would save the game for white? No, because of 2….Qxf1+, 3. Kxf1 =. W could try to sneak out with 3. Kh2 but 3….Qh1+ secures the draw.

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