I have done both and have improved 650 elo in 10 years. I have found that a big chunk of this improvement was thanks to my analysis and insights of correspondence chess, with engines, and I reckon that if my involvement with chess didn't include engines my improvements would only have been about 300 elo or something.leavenfish wrote:Seriously, spend more time getting better at the game instead of pushing engines around
Sadly, I have found the ceiling and apparently the only way to go forwards is to change my style and play more solid - whenever I open the position with e4 and play my gambits stronger players just destroy me, if I close it with d4 and keep as much material as possible on the board they tend to panic (specially when they Berserk against me on lichess), force an attack that doesn't work, sack material or try anything, and if I hold, I win, even if they're 200 or 300 elo stronger. So apparently my next 300 elo will be like this, play solid, avoid blunders, and games will be won.
I don't get why you bring up the topic of my strength into this, though.
I'm not claiming that the move is good. I'm claiming that players like Tal used to play such bad moves, and win games with them. When games get psychological it's possible advancing your passed pawn when an opponent attacks one of your pieces is going to make them move all thier pieces to try to stop it letting you win the game, even though there's some deep tactic that would have lost the pawn, so objectively the move is bad, but if no other move would have won you the game then it's clearly a great choice to make.I'm serious - Argue all you want....it's a bad move, plain and simple...by any measure of what constitutes a 'good' or 'bad' move.
No, a horrible move depends on who is it played against. The only reason this 35. Re5 lost is because the opponent was strong enough to refute it, but the world is full of chess entities that would have lost against 35. Re5, so the move is playable, it doesn't really matter what a perfect chess entity would say about the move, since we don't have it here to tell us about the quality of moves.a horrible move is a horrible move, regardless of who plays it.