I have a concentration problem at chess. Some weeks before I was around ELO 1380 (no so high, but I still was quite happy) and dropped around 1260. I'm really playing bad... and now my average opponents are around 1300. I noticed that I'm playing worse against lower rated opponents (say below 1250) than againt higher ones (say above 1350). I seem to be less concentrated against them. Do somebody knows something about the phenomenon?
31 ( +1 | -1 ) I think......it is also sometimes called 'taking the game less seriously' as compared with a higher rated opponent, at least in my case. But then again, lower rated opponents can be more 'unpredictable' as one move they make a weak one, then the other a strong one which seems weak too....
44 ( +1 | -1 ) A piece of adviceTry not to diferentiate between your opponents. That means not having any preconcievded ideas like this player's rating is so low I'll just push him\her of the board with my superb play. Instead just focus and try to keep a steady pace throughout the game. If you have a trainer, he could give some more personal advice, since he\she should know you and your qualities as well as your defects and act acordingly.
116 ( +1 | -1 ) Look at the profile closelyPeople say that you should concentrate on the game itself, not the opponent. It is a true statement. However, like any other advices based on true statement – exercise everyday, reduce TV watching hours, remove clutter from your desk… only a few can really do it.
Try to forget about the opponent’s rating. If it works for you, that’s really great.
I do pay attention to the opponent's rating for a game. And I tend to respect the move from higher rated opponents than from others. So the question to me is how to adjust the rating to something more reliable.
I usually check his/her profile and if the total number of games are less than 30, the rating is not stable yet. Anything can happen. If the average opponents' rating is far below than his rating, it is inflated. And reverse is true. For example, let’s say I find a guy rated 1500, but his average opponents’ rating is 1600, I can say his real rating might be around 1550.
However, I think it would be better for you find a pattern of your blunder. At our level, below 1500, blunders are in every game. If you find a repeating pattern, you can double-check it in your game. For me, I often cannot see the Bishop’s skewer attack.