While Playing…

1. Take my time. Don’t rush into things, especially if I see a tactic.

2. Understand all of my opponent’s threats at all times.

3. Look for tactics both for myself and my opponent (if I find a tactic see #1).

4. Don’t’ complicate, unless the outcome is clear.

5. Develop all of my pieces before starting the attack.

6. Play prophylacticly, prevent counter play unless my move is winning.

7. Pay attention to the center.

8. Pay attention to pawn breaks (both offensive and defensive).

9. If I find a good move, look for a better one. Make sure that I know all of the idiosyncrasies of the position.

10. Blunder-check before moving.

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Play to Study Ratio

The following guidelines are the amount of time you should spend playing versus studying. Notice the importance of play early on in your development.

80% play 20% study – 0-1500
70% play 30% study – 1500 – 1700
60% play 40% study – 1700 – 1900
50% play 50% study – 1900 – 2100
40% play 60% study – 2100 – 2300
30% play 70% study – 2300 – 2500
20% play 80% study – 2500+

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