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chris21 ♡ 54 ( +1 | -1 )
A dip in form Any ideas what causes a player to have a dip in form?

A couple of weeks ago iIwas playing really well and taking my time over moves and thinking. Recently I've lost a lot of games here at gameknot and a few to players at my club who I usually beat. I seem to go through phases where I can't be bothered studying positions and make a move which might look immediatley good but isn't. Can playing too much cause a lack of concentration? Do any other players here find they suffer from this as well?
divine_sun_cat ♡ 0 ( +1 | -1 )
yes i do.
divine_sun_cat ♡ 11 ( +1 | -1 )
yes have a look at my rating graph. yours doesn't look too up and down to me. maybe OTB suffers more in you?
divine_sun_cat ♡ 11 ( +1 | -1 )
yes have a look at my rating graph. yours doesn't look too up and down to me. maybe OTB suffers more in you?
caldazar ♡ 57 ( +1 | -1 )
I experience this too for various reasons. Sometimes it's because I'm tired, grumpy, or otherwise not in the mood to play, but I go down to the club anyway because, well, I haven't gone in a while and part of me feels that I should. I figure it happens and it doesn't bother me all that much.

However, there are other times when I notice I play quite regularly and I start to drift. I get too comfortable with my play and relax too much. At that point, it usually takes a couple of badly one-sided loses for me to wake up and start to focus again.
chris21 ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the replys.

And caldazar, if a player of your strength can experience it it makes me feel a lot better:)
anaxagoras ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
That's normal. Take a break and do something else for a couple of days and you'll be right back in the swing of things.
baseline ♡ 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Opening Repertoire Every time I change my openings I take a dip in ratings, your going to make more mistakes in unfamaliar positions. The dip is usually followed by a rise then a leveling off then I figure everyone is wise to these openings so I change again followed by a dip, rise and levelling off.
kobbe ♡ 66 ( +1 | -1 )
chris21 Thats why there is a market for sport psychologists!

Let me take a whild guess.
If you win its like another day at work.
If you lose its like banging yor forehead against the keyboard so that everyone can spell qwerty?

And how do you reward yourself? positive or not at all? Or worse by complaining on yorself?
Next step is to make the game into part goals. And reward your self for each gain!
Yes, thats a better position for me!
Yes! That pawn is mine
Yes! I have a plan!
Yes, if oponent plays wrong I can get a piece!
And if you are alone at home, try to speek up. Yell! YES! For each time you gain.
Remeber what you did well, try not to repeat your mistakes.

Sounds simple! ;)
mattchess ♡ 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Take a look at my graph...another rollercoaster ride. I agree with baseline. I find that as I play stronger opponents I start to hit a brick wall and try new things...and take a dive...then start improving again...and the process repeats itself. I am just happy that on average, I am increasing - if ever slowly :-)
baseline ♡ 64 ( +1 | -1 )
Blunder check My mother is having some serious health problems, I work nites so I've been spending some of my days taking her to doctors and to the clinic for test etc. I'm tired I'm not getting enough sleep, I have health problems of my own. I want to relax to I come here pull up my game only to discover that some gremlim made my last move and the other guy just took my rook!! I make moves that make absolutely no sense! I can't remember making that move! I remember making a different move? I need the guy from the scifi channel to channel Ruben Fine so I can get some help!
ccmcacollister ♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 )
baseline That Same Thing happens to me, too! I'm going along fine, but when I come back, someone/thing has tossed abrick into my beutiful game. Sometimes, I even come back and find it has fallen apart when No One has moved! It is starting to sound like a conspiracy to me...
baseline ♡ 8 ( +1 | -1 )
brick I must have an evil twin who gets his kicks by screwing up my games!!
buddy2 ♡ 88 ( +1 | -1 )
no bother I looked at your stat chart. You can draw a straight line up through the dips and peaks, so your game is steadily getting better. Even United loses a game once and a while. It will never be a straight line up, I don't care who you are. What most people don't take into consideration is the opponent. Sometimes you hit a variation that they know cold. Sometimes you hit a kid who's accelerating rapidly and his numbers haven't caught up. Sometimes the variation recommended in your database is ****. Sometimes you find out the guy who wrote the handy-dandy guide to the Caro-Kan hasn't played since 1962. When playing good players, sometimes the slightest slip can cause a snowball of disaster. My theory is you have to lose thousands of games to getgood. I, for example, still haven't lost enough to climb out of mediocrity. I guess it all boils down to: No shortcuts.