Next game against a higher rated opponent I annotated with this special question in mind, so the comments lead to really shocking conclusions. So please take the time to read the comments.
What attracts the attention is the amount of moves missed by both players.
I really didn't know that I missed so much. But since I am looking for it I see it in all my games (umbrellas everywhere).
Knowing this, I can tell which training will NOT be of much help to adress my problem.
This does not mean that there will not be a moment in the future that I will have to apply this training. But for now it simply cannot be of much help.
For instance, training openings can help you to start the middlegame with a slight edge. Completely missing an important move makes that this has no value.
All positional considerations can be thrown in the garbage can if you miss so much moves.
Because everytime to find yourself back in a position that you hadn't foreseen at all.
Of course your opponent has the same problems as you, so the outcome of the game has to do a lot with chance.
So the question is, what kind of moves am I missing over and over again?
What are the distinguishing characteristics of those moves?
- The board looks always very crowded.
- It can be a combination that I miss from the defensive side but not from the attacking side.
- It can be an unusual combination.
An unusual combination does not mean that it seldom can happen at the board.
But makers of chesspuzzle-databases do not consider the combinations important or spectacular enough to include them. For instance the exchange of a piece against 3 pawns.
But since this can leave you with a total unexpected new situation, this kind of combinations are important to train.
So the question is now, is there a chesspuzzle-database out there which is specialized in overcrowded positions and non-spectacular combinations or even exchanges with no material advantage.
Do you know?