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Ivan Sokolov
Ivan Sokolov

Real Chess: How to Master the Game of Kings in 3D and 2D

My interpretation of hope chess is a bit different from Dan's. I don't believe people can see all possible threats of their opponents at all times, especially if there's a lack of knowledge or understanding. You can't look for something you don't really know, in my opinion.

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For me, hope chess is more a lack of overall direction. You move pieces but it doesn't take your position anywhere. Just like a ship floating in the ocean without a destination. Simply letting the waves push it about, hoping that it will go somewhere.

I stumbled upon this by accident. A very nice article and very true. I am an 1800 player and sometimes still fall in the hope chess trap. Especially when I play lower rated players unconsciously I don't put in the effort that I should and I lose or draw unnecessarily. Against higher rated players up to 2000 I score very well because then I play "real chess" and close to my maximum ability. It's not something I choose to do or want to do but it happens. Clearly here's something I can work on. Discipline is the magic word for me I think, discipline to put in maximum effort, every move against every opponent. As a sidenote, your example of "hope chess" seems flawed to me.

Club players play book moves and have solid theoretical understanding. In such environment, you get help from people around you. So, you improve very fast. I stop playing online because it ruins my chess intuition. Like, people play random openings then I am discouraged, the I lose focus and blunder and resign. So until I reach 1400, I will not play online again.

What you're really saying is that online there is the opportunity to cheat with an engine that doesn't occur during a OTB game unless the person goes to the lavatory frequently between moves or is getting signals from an observer.

AnhVanT wrote:Club players play book moves and have solid theoretical understanding. In such environment, you get help from people around you. So, you improve very fast. I stop playing online because it ruins my chess intuition. Like, people play random openings then I am discouraged, the I lose focus and blunder and resign. So until I reach 1400, I will not play online again.

I played my first ever proper OTB tourney (5 min blitz) last evening against a bunch of regular club players. I got absolutely trashed, including by two little girls. But several people told me the best way to improve is to join a club and play club chess and learn from the people around you. They said online chess helps your improvement less and it is also full of people using engines.

Random openings with strategical purposes are good! But, play 1100-1300, you will see. They make random move and out of the book as soon as move 4. I am learning chess not to beat those guys. I am learning chess to beat people at the club and maybe, get some scholarship in my college. So, no thanks, no online chess

When I play against someone use such a dubious opening, I get upset. LOL, I don't know why but 1...e5 2...Qh4 get me really mad. I just go all out to chase for that lady and get blunders. LOL, I don't know but that kind of opening violation cannot keep me calm!

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People just want to win. Bottom line. Nobody likes a loser. People cheat in every other game on the internet, people download hacks, glitching, code etc to guarantee a win. They don't care about gaining real skill against live opponents in person. They want to win. Your personality type that draws you to competitive games has allot to do with it. Chess players are highly competitive, chess players hate losing. So if they can get away with cheating, they will. Look at physical sports, and people use steroids etc. Everyone wants an advantage, a fix in the game. There is nothing anyone can do about it. can keep banning accounts left and right, and these people will just make another one, and be back to sabotage the servers again. It's a losing battle. I hate losing to cheaters, but it is what it is. The only legit games are in person OTB. There is too much temptation to cheat online. So just expect it, and play on. My 2 cents. is the only chess I can get. It's not perfect but it is very good. I find I get conditioned by looking at all the facilities in where I just make auto responses and seem to lose the capacity to think. This happens in games and I find myself down in a game. Then I start to think and usually retrieve the situation to a degree and give a better game or sometimes win. Unless I'm bored I stay away from live chess and play daily stuff. I've started entering matches and tournaments and it gives a better discipline.

A Real Chess tournament is beginning in a huge online chess gaming platform. Would you like to take a place inside this game with your friends? The game has two different gaming modes as local which you can play against your friends by this mode. The other mode is versus CPU mode. Each time you play a game, you will have a score and your scores will be sorted on the leaderboard of all players around the world. Before you start the game, you can pick the details of your chessboard design or pieces variants and colors by your wish. Time to show your chess skills! Let's get it started!

I read this article by Dan Heisman on playing 3 different types of chess: "Flip-Coin", "Hope", and "Real". I think I am stuck in "Hope" chess, where I make a move that I think is pretty cool and hope it works instead of playing a move based on sound analysis. How do I get from "Hope" to "Real" chess? I know it is not a simple solution, but are there any techniques/tools that can help?

"HOPE" Chess - This is NOT when you make a move and hope your opponent doesn't see your threat. Instead, Hope chess is when you make a move and don't look at what your opponent might threaten on his next move, and whether you can meet that threat on your next move. Instead, you just wait until next move and see what he does, and then hope you can meet any threats. In my first 3 tournaments I played Hope chess and never won more than 1 game in any of the three. The speed at which you can play Hope chess also explains why I usually took only about half an hour for each game in these tournaments, even though the time control was 50 moves in 2 hours. Most high school level players play hope chess, but almost always lose when they run into a serious player who plays "Real Chess."

If you still sometimes play Hope Chess you need to train it out of you as a player. The fact is, you will play the way you train and thus you should always train the way you want to play. Regardless of what sort of training you are doing you must always ensure that you are meeting the exceptions of "Real Chess". If you are doing tactics puzzles DO NOT simply push your pieces into the most forcing moves you can find without having come to a real conclusion, instead think about the position. Make sure you have evaluated all of your checks, captures, and threats as well as your opponent's checks, captures, and threats. The same goes for training games or anything else you are doing. If you don't make a rigid habit out of it, you will not do it during an over-the-board game.

In my opinion the best way to train playing Real Chess is ensuring that you are meeting the expectations in chess puzzles (those from real games), K+P(s) v. K(+Ps) endgame puzzles, "solitaire chess" and, of course, practice games against either a computer or human player at long time controls. I think Practical Chess Exercises is a great collection of problems for this sort of training because it does not include only tactical positions but also has strategic themes and endgames all mixed together so that it really lends itself to this sort of training. Some of the positions even have bad combinations in them that don't work because they allow your opponent to equalize or even pull a combination of their own. Instead you have to find the best move, even if it isn't a forcing move.

One major difference between "hope chess" and "real chess" is the fact that every move in "real chess" improves your position even if your opponent replies perfectly. Instead of making a move and hoping that your opponent blunders (or just makes a subpar move), instead ask yourself before you move "How does this move make my position better and what can my opponent do to make my position worse?".

One other major difference between "hope chess" and normal chess is that good players always have a plan. The plan might not be terribly complicated, even something like "I'm going to improve the position of my bishops" is a valid plan, but the simple exercise of coming up with a plan and then seeing how both your moves and your opponent's moves affect it stops some of the "hope chess" moves.

I agree that "real" chess needs ample time as the player would be required to really think things through and strategize properly before making a "real" move and not only move based on "hope". And 15 minutes definitely isn't enough and that period of time could even be only sufficient for "flip-coin" chess where every move is a gamble as you need to chase time and all you can do is to just expect your opponent to make a silly move to let you win. Try playing a longer game maybe do the 30-minutes sets more often before you attempt the 1-hour matches. And remember to take each game seriously and use it as an opportunity for you to further improve your skills. I believe with much practice and determination, you can achieve to play "real" chess in a 15-minutes game, anytime.


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