Do you find you're getting much better? Or does the level of opponent vary so wildly that it's a bit random how well you do?
@syrup I find playing the anonymous games are good for practicing the basics. So I am improving being a fundamentally sound player. You are right though in that anonymous games provide opponents of varying strength. If I want to get an equal opponent, I have to log in and search by rating.
@FriedClams is that part of the appeal for you - you have no idea what skill level you're up against? It's not even like you can remotely judge a book by its cover like in an IRL setting - online you have NOTHING to go by except maybe a few starting moves? And even then they could be trying to fool you / set you up? I kind of like the sound of that.
@syrup You are correct. Plus, playing anonymously allows me to practice my fundamentals and gives me access to stronger players. When I log in, the stronger players will not play with me which makes sense since they will easily win. This way I can see how people breakdown my strategies and I can go over where I went wrong. I lost my most recent game real easily and had a chance to review it which helped me learn.
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This was an interesting game. It was hard to tell who was winning. I had significantly more material but black had more activity and kept me on the defensive. At this point, black hoped I would be so excited about the "free" bishop, take it, and lose my queen. I did not fall for that and passed on the "free" bishop. I celebrated with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich! #food
I put white in a jam. White has to use the queen to block my A pawn from promoting to another queen but my B pawn will slowly be moving up the board to get promoted. White can take my B pawn because I will not trade my rook for the bishop, but I will move my rook to the 1st rank and win white's queen. I celebrated with spaghetti with meat sauce! food
In an effort to play a more solid game, I took my time in thinking and ended up with 42.7 seconds left on my clock while black had 3 minutes and 14.5 seconds. Fortunately, I was able to put black in a dilemma because I was going to make a queen. Black did a good job of stopping that but then rage quit. I thought that was odd because black could win on time since I cannot move fast enough to mobilize a victory in 42.7 seconds. I celebrated with corned beef hash with poached eggs and potatoes! #fo