Questions tagged [losing]

Losing is one out of three possible results in a chess game (win, draw and loss are the 3 possible results).

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What to do after losing a game?

What to do after losing a game? I think that this question is on everyones' minds after a loss. I am guessing that everyone has their own way of coping with a loss. The best way to cope with a loss ...
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Always losing to the same opponent?

I am just asking if anyone here suffers a problem of always losing to the same opponent. This problem occurs to me so often against one particular player. Well, the story goes like this: When I first ...
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The thin line between winning and losing at the top level?

At lower level, we often blunder many times and do not make the best moves, so there can be multiple ways to win. But at the top level, for example, during the candidate matches going on now, the ...
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How can a >2000 player stop making basic errors?

For the last 3 months or so I've been unable to concentrate and play chess to the level that I am used to. I'm rated 2050. I've been suffering from the following symptoms: Being completely unable to ...
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Can a win be claimed on the second illegal move if the first wasn't raised?

First of all, I don't think this is a duplicate of what happens on the first illegal move in a game. This is what happens after the second if the first is unclaimed. The setting is a tournament under ...
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Studying Lost Positions

I like to study my games after I've played them. Often, I find myself identifying mistakes and moving on to play another game or study something else. I was wondering if it is worthwhile to continue ...
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What's the best play when you're losing?

When you're down a few pieces or even in a bad position, which is better, playing offensive or defensive?
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What to do in an opening trap

In light of the recent game Nakamura vs Anand, the second time, in the recent candidate's tournament, Anand fell into Nakamura's opening preparation trap out of the reversed sicilian. If he [Anand] ...
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Can't seem to get back to winning consistently

I’ve been in a big time slump lately. I play a lot of chess on the chess.com platform. I am sure that you all know the platform. My question is this: How does someone get out of a slump? I am losing ...
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The most honourable way to lose?

When in a bad position, is it more honourable to resign or to face defeat? And if it is to face defeat then is there a time when resigning is considered an honourable thing to do, or is it always ...
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When you're up in material [closed]

In some games, I was up on material, but then lost due to either time pressure or blunders. How should I avoid these type of pitfalls?
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Am i re-entering a slump, or just my bad luck? [duplicate]

Last 2 hours was one of my most embarrassing games ever. Yesterday I played against a chess club member and won 3-0, however the last 2 hours is so sad I lost for 3-0, all surrenders and no end-game. ...