64 ( +1 | -1 ) #1- take your time on choosing a move.#2- buy a basic book on TACTICS. and study it unitl your eyes fall out, If you follow these two pieces of information your skill at chess will explode, and you will suddenyl find your rating jumping 1000 points or so within the next year...All players under 1900 rating (including me) should study tactics more, and take more time on theie moves....this is correspondnace chess, you can take an hour on ne move and nobody will care!!! Take advnatage of that and you will begin to see into the chess position farther than you ever thought possible.
33 ( +1 | -1 ) OpeningsSpidey - looking at your games, you need significant work on your openings. Read something about what you are trying to accomplish in the opening, and learn a couple of openings. You can get an idea of what a good opening looks like by playing through some games of the higher rated players here.
163 ( +1 | -1 ) I find the best way to improve is to collect up all your losses, play through them again if necessary to refresh your memory, and then write down in a clear fashion why exactly you lost. It's helpful to get a second opinion from a coach or strong player, but if you don't really have anyone to ask, analyze and understand your losses as much as your abilities permit; it's usually enough to at least get you started. The explainations should be as specific as possible. Not "Oh, I blundered my rook" but "On move 25, I calculated the main variation (1st move, 1st reply, 2nd move, 2nd reply...) but I overlooked a knight fork available to my opponent on move 29 that picked up my rook for free". Not "Oh, I wasn't really looking into too much detail" but "I looked at x and y option, but overlooked option z" or "I was too lazy to analyze the consequences of the move; I just played it because it seemed good". Then, make a list of each major type of mistake (group the mistakes into whatever categories seem appropriate to you), and take the two or three mistakes you made the most and work on correcting them through study.
Reliving a bunch of your losses can sometimes be demoralizing (I don't even care to recount how many times I've muttered things like "Dumb, dumb, dumb!" when going over some of my losses), but I feel it's necessary. You probably make mistakes in your wins and draws too, but your mistakes are usually obscured by other mistakes by your opponents in those games;you "get away with it." With losses, you can be sure you made at least one clear mistake, and you can see precisely how you were punished for making it.
22 ( +1 | -1 ) How I learnedI learned how to play chess well by reviewing master games,reading the complete book of chess strategy by IM Silman,and chess software. If Silmans book is over your head,try other books