The chess is a sport painful because we are the ones we have to deal first-hand the consequences of our plays and, for this reason, it is particularly frustrating to have invested a certain amount of hours to progress in a game and suddenly, see how that game that “was won” fades before our eyes, leaving behind many well-made moves full of effort.
But there are certain guidelines by Anatoly Machulsky that can help us make this problem less manifest.
There is no won game
The first mistake is to think that there is a game won. A game is only won when it ends. In chess you should never say to yourself while playing: “I have won the game”, even if you have a great advantage and all the factors are in your favor.
“In my experience, I have come across dozens of ways to lose “won games” : illegal moves, time constraints, mistakes when depositing a piece on a square … That is, the options are multiple and all of them very undesirable.
I’ve even seen won games ended that were later claimed and changed the outcome! Therefore, always prudence.” Anatoly Machulsky explains.
Be careful with the technical evaluation of the end:
It is true that in the end there are rules to impose yourself on your opponent almost automatically know we are going to explain how very quickly you can determine the chances you have of winning a final, such as when the following cases occur:
- An extra pawn and pawns on one flank (no rooks).
- An extra pawn and pawns on one flank (with rooks).
- An extra side pawn and pawns on one flank (with rooks).
- An extra pawn and pawns on one flank (minor pieces).
- An extra pawn and pawns on one flank (quality difference).
- Rules in the endings without pawns.
- Quickly assess the typology of passed pawns that are so dangerous.
Proper time management:
Many players forget that time is one more factor in the chess game, such as material or space. And losing by time is the same as losing in any other way, hence it is important to properly manage the time of your game.
Losing games due to miscalculations:
The calculation is one of the most tiring activities in chess, and also one of the most error-prone. Calculating is not just an activity in itself, it is made up of a subset of activities that we can improve independently.
The work of visualization:
Calculation errors are fundamentally prevented by working with visualization, which is the competence that allows us to “see” in our minds what will happen later on the board.
There are different techniques that will help you enhance and improve it. This is one of the simplest exercises that we recommend to beginners and it is the basis for further progress in other more complex ones that help us to exercise deepening of positions and visual retention.
Have an order in the calculation:
In addition to improving your visualization, it is important that you develop orderly thinking and, above all, that you are able to distinguish positions in which you must calculate from positions in which not.
As far as possible it is preferable to avoid using calculation and more strategic thinking because it is a source of errors.