§ Thoughts on blitz chess: 950 ELO
I plan on summarizing my current thoughts on chess at different stages of ELO
on Lichess. This should be fun to look back on. Currently, I found that the
thing that helps me the most when it comes to winning is this simple kernel:
With the somewhat useful addendum:
With a plan.
That's it. That's literally all I need to do. I generally try to focus on the
f pawn, get my Queen out early (people at my ELO rating don't really know
how to punish an early roaming queen. I don't know either!), at just attack.
If there's an attack on your pieces, don't defend, counter-attack. Of course,
there are situations where one must defend. Only defend then.
Getting into this frame of reference stopped me from languishing at ~800 ELO.
I used to
It seems that "getting over" these anxieties took ~20 games, after which I could
focus on the mechanics. This is a good reference point, since I have the same
problem with competitive programming --- the exact same anxieties, in fact.
- get anxious about the game and the prospect of conflict.
- get anxious about the clock.
- get anxious about leaving pieces hanging.