How to play many chess games on GK! " Practice Makes Perfect"
One of the new comer to our team complained that he did not have enough games to play and practice. For the new comer to GK with a lower ranking there would be few higher ranking players who would like to play with him. There is no question that one can improve your chess skills by playing and practice with many opponents of same or higher ratings. Bofore we go into details on how to play many chess games on GK, let us review how practice can help to promote and advance your skills or education from wikipedia in the following:
Practice (learning method)
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Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase "practice makes perfect". Sports teams practice to prepare for actual games. Playing a musical instrument well takes a lot of practice. It is a method of learning and of acquiring experience. The word derives from the Greek "πρακτική" (praktike), feminine of "πρακτικός" (praktikos), "fit for or concerned with action, practical" and that from the verb "πράσσω" (prasso),"to achieve, bring about, effect, accomplish". In American English practice is used as both a noun and a verb, but in British English there is a distinction between practice, used as a noun, and practise, used as a verb (see spelling differences).
Sessions scheduled for the purpose of rehearsing and performance improvement are called practices. They are engaged in by sports teams, bands, individuals, etc. "He went to football practice everyday after school," for example.
[hide] 1 Common types of practice
2 Deliberate practice
3 Behavioral versus Cognitive Theories of Deliberate Practice
4 Deliberate Practice in Medical Education
5 Practice as maintenance
7 See also
 Common types of practice
Some common ways practice is applied:
To learn how to play a musical instrument
To improve athletic or team performance
To rehearse for a public performance, in theatre or music
To improve reading, writing, interpersonal communication, typing, grammar, and spelling
To solve problems with mathematics
To enhance or refine a newly acquired skill
To maintain skill-level
To learn a combat sport, sparring is a form of practice
To learn martial arts, kata and sparring are common forms of practice
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How well one improves with practice depends on several factors, such as the frequency it is engaged in, and the type of feedback that is available for improvement. If feedback is not appropriate (either from an instructor or from self-reference to an information source), then the practice tends to be ineffective or even detrimental to learning. If a student does not practise often enough, reinforcement fades, and he or she is likely to forget what was learned. Therefore, practice is often scheduled, to ensure enough of it is performed to reach one's training objectives. How much practice is required depends upon the nature of the activity, and upon each individual. Some people improve on a particular activity faster than others. Practice in an instructional setting may be effective if repeated only 1 time (for some simple verbal information) or 3 times (for concepts), or it may be practised many times before evaluation (a dance movement).
" Practice Makes Perfect"
Having said that there is a " COMPETE" in pull down menu above at the tool bar between MESSAGES and TEAMS. Click on it and you will find the sub menus in the following order.
Starting with COMPETE click on it and click on each again and again until you get to your desired destinations. Once a month there are 1. GK Tournaments and GK will invite the members to play. 3. you can compete in Ladder which is a knockout games 4. League is like a never ending Swiss games. Once your rating goes up, you will be in the higher League games. At one time I played in the League games but after sometime since I had so many games to play in addition to my team games, I could not cope with it and I had to stop the league games.
The most interesting and beneficial to me is the 2. Mini-Tournaments. You can go to " NEW GAME" menu and look for your opponent by clicking on " Join " or create your own but I find it more helpful to play in the open Mini-Tournaments in the above link. There are so many open Mini-Tournaments of various openings and ratings of your taste, it is not difficult to find one. If you cannot find anyone you can even create your own with different opening sytems and ratings. Thus, I can find many chess games to play on GK. At one time I was playing nearly 50 chess games on GK but that was too much for me. So, I have to cut down the GK chess games to less than 30 at one time. I am sure, you will have enough many chess games to play on GK if you follow my advice. Practice makes perfect.