Summer Coaching 2008

pSo, starting in a a href="http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/coaching-adults"similar way as last year/a, I asked everyone to name the three main reasons you span style="font-style: italic;"lose /spanchess games./p pThese turned out to be:/p blockquote p style="font-style: italic;"STRATEGY/p p style="font-style: italic;"Lack of strategy/p p style="font-style: italic;"Not looking for outposts enough/p p style="font-style: italic;"Moving pieces which leave holes in my position/p p style="font-style: italic;"Failure to spot strategic weaknesses early enough/p p style="font-style: italic;"GENERAL ATTITUDE/p p style="font-style: italic;"Moving rather than taking more time/p p style="font-style: italic;"Poor psychology: making mistakes and then making worse ones/p p style="font-style: italic;"Letting my opponent off when I was ahead on material with a better position/p p style="font-style: italic;"THINKING PROCESS/p p style="font-style: italic;"Playing a middlegame sequence out of in the wrong order/p p style="font-style: italic;"Running out of time/p p style="font-style: italic;"Miscalculation (poor vision)/p p style="font-style: italic;"Blunders -- mainly after 1 hour+ -- due, I suspect, to lack of recent practice/p p style="font-style: italic;"Careless loss of material/p p style="font-style: italic;"EGOISM/p p style="font-style: italic;"Moving without working out what my opponent can do in reply/p p style="font-style: italic;"Not seeing the opponent's intended move/p p style="font-style: italic;"Not being completely aware to what my opponent up to/p p style="font-style: italic;"OPENINGS/p p /p p style="font-style: italic;"Opening inaccuracy/p p style="font-style: italic;"Inferior opening preparation/p p style="font-style: italic;"Poor openings/p p style="font-style: italic;"In opening, occasionally make over-easy moves which weaken my position/p p style="font-style: italic;"ATTACK AND DEFENCE/p p /p p style="font-style: italic;"Getting shafted on the diagonals/p p style="font-style: italic;"Playing unsound attacks/p p style="font-style: italic;"I can be over-keen to attack, i.e. launch an attack before I've prepared the necessary back -up/p p style="font-style: italic;"Over-extension in the middle-game (trying too hard to win)/p /blockquote pI'll try to come up with a programme which includes some material relevant to these topics as well as suggestions made earlier/p

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