The blunder is the bane of every chess player, from the beginner to the lifelong patzer to the world champion. Of course Garry Kasparov's blunders may be several levels advanced compared to a United States Chess Federation Class F player's.

Avoiding blunders Edit

Anyone got any ideas?

I've recently picked up chess again (sorta) in my roughly biennial flirtation with the game. This time, though, instead of registering at the local chess club, paying my USCF dues, and playing a bunch of games against 12-year-olds where I eke out a small positional advantage only to make a tactical blunder that loses, I'm doing things a little differently. I'm trying to play a lot of one-minute games against the lower-level personalities on Chessmaster 9000. I do dumb things like hang the queen, but so does my opponent. (I didn't use to hang the queen playing at a 30/120 time control, but made almost as stupid moves often owing to time trouble.) More importantly, though, through my frustration at hanging the queen or stalemating my 900-rated opponent, I'm learning to spend a second or two more (literally, that's all I can afford) to blundercheck. I'm hopeful this approach will help me in the long run. At least it's better to the ego than losing over the board to a 12-year old! - PhilipR 16:00, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

The problem is one tends to develop goals, and one attempts to accomplish those goals and is therefore distracted, and does not realize that pieces are being left hanging. Several bad game losing situations can occur, including letting a high value piece get pinned, moving a piece that exposes a line of attack on a high value piece or even a low value piece that can now be taken for nothing, or even putting a piece where it can be captured (although on occasion this can be a good move depending on the situation)

So the only way to prevent it is to visualize what the board will look like after the move you make is made, before you make it, and see if the other side can make a crushing move in response. If they can maybe you shouldn't make that move. The trick is developing a chess mindset so you don't just jump on the first good looking move that you think of and actually try to think strategically and don't get tempted by things like material, position or lines of attack when you are leaving your pieces exposed and weakened. - RudolfBRadna 21:48, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

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