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I like your idea of having two accounts and using one to play casual games and the other to play serious games. But I saw that the Chess.com policies say "Do not open more than one account." https://www.chess.com/community
Other ideas I have are to play serious games on one chess website, and casual games on another chess website. Or, to play unrated games when you are tired. If you have trouble finding human opponents who want to play unrated games, you can always play unrated games against a computer opponent.
Last year I hadn't played for 6 years for health reasons but I wanted to go OTB again (notice that the 2 profiles trick doesn't apply OTB). In 7 months and 37 games I lost about 250 FIDE rating points. What I did? I stop playing because dropping material constantly u don't learn anything.
So what I did instead is reading chess books. Theory of the Opening, theory of the endgame, tactics, calculation, chess history!!! (is amazing the quantity of material we just ignore).
I don't know when I will go back OTB but as GM Hansen pointed out this time I will never give up again.
Thank you GM Avetik!
It worked gor me and I crushed 2100 Elo on Chess.com just by not playing when I feel tired
The next question I have in mind is that in a classical chess tournament, where we can get real Ratings and Titles, We have to manage our Moods and Energies. Our body and mind must follow us when we need them!
Since you are a highly experienced chess professional, I thought may be you can share some techniques chess professionals apply to manage their mood and energy in real tournaments, where they have to play according to tournament schedules, not at will.
Thank you and best wishes for Chessmood
I have two accounts and after 6 months, by reading your article I understand why my rating is different in the two accounts.
https://lichess.org/@/jyotisko06 - Real account where i play with right mode and energy.
https://lichess.org/@/jyotisko2006 - Second account where i play when at bad at night ( in sleepy mood just to enjoy).
Dear Maestro Avetik,
I liked this article very much. I recognise myself in that I feel I have developed a very bad habit of playing too much online, i.e. also at times and in conditions when I shouldn't be playing (on a cellphone, while killing some time, or example). Particularly, when I lose a few games, I get extremely annoyed and playing on until I've won back my lost rating points can become a total obsession. As a result of that, my online blitz rating (almost 3-0 games exclusively) has been seesawing between 1900 and 2200. I will try to implement your golden rule of playing one session of 9 games max, and avoid playing when I feel tired or have distractions (such as my one-year-old daughter attention calls).
I have a few questions I was hoping you might find the time to comment on:
1. Do you recommend playing nine 3-0 games, or three 10-0 games?
2. Do you recommend analysing all online (blitz) games immediately after the session?
3. If so, what is your recommended approach to analysing such games?