In my article “Getting Angry,” I talk about putting effort into transforming your anger into a productive resource.

The article was planned to end on some positivity since my efforts to do so (stay positive) were unsuccessful even after taking a tactics training class. I didn’t meet my goal, but I did come up with some points that I want to share. Frustration gave way to despair as I assessed my skills. While training, I increased from my average of 1200 up to 1400. Then I started making mistakes because they weren’t just one or two moves.  Now we are talking about silent moves, prep moves, and any variation of problem type that I honestly wasn’t ready to solve.

What it all boils down to and what I am trying to say is that when it comes to chess, you may be improving and you are close to the next level. But it can be difficult and you might feel like you’re not getting any moves right. Ergo, your chess frustration.

Here are suggestions that might help:

Time away from chess. Completely away to clear your mind and to get your focus back

Play a few chess games against beginning and intermediate players

Play some unrated chess games, meaning chess games that aren’t competitive

Mentally do a fast checklist before a move answering questions, such as any available checks, hanging pieces, or skewers

Slow your roll and have fun. Chess is an incredible game but nobody wants to be frustrated and nobody wants to play against a player whose frustrated and angry.

You should realize everyone loses. Unless you want to do like what that computer in “Wargames” states, “The only winning move is not to play.” But you already know, it’s more fun to play and lose than not to play at all.

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