One of the best ways to make lousy results is to play moves that ‘go through the motions’ rather have a frame of mind in which one is buzzing with passion for chess. This is why it’s good to play when you really you’re really in the mood for a tournament and also why it’s better to spread them out. People tend to get jaded and tired when they play too much.
Opening choice can be significant too because some openings need a fresh mind and creativity. And this is particularly true of the Modern Defence.
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