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Avoiding Blunders!

Hello Lichess!

I'm fairly new to chess, started playing 3/4 classical games per day from around 4 weeks ago.

I think I'm doing okay overall, but I blunder a lot. Usually losing minor pieces.

From memory most of the time they achieve it via a discovered attack, or I haven't spotted that there's some kind of fork available on my king and another piece.

For classical, do you guys have any tips for avoiding blunders?

When you are new to chess there is usually a lot of blundering going on otb., but this is 100% normal and everybody had this problems. You should know the important tactical motivs like pin, skewer,fork etc and practice tactical puzzles. When you do it everyday for let's say 30-45 minutes you will improve a lot after a couple of weeks. This is the first thing you should do when ure new to chess imho. It is a long process with sweat, blood and tears to get on a decent level.
When you play a game ask yourself before every move how it will change the position and if there's something hanging etc. When your opponent made a move do the same.

You sound being on the right path to get better player. You observing your mistakes and with time and experience you will pay attention to them in games as well and you will be better certainly.

Entirely agreed with #2

The practice lessons here on Lichess ("basic tactics" and "intermediate tactics") are also quite useful to practice looking for pins, forks, skewers and discovered checks in a systematic way.

lichess.org/practice

One thing you can do is enable move confirmation in your profile. You think about your move, then you play it, then you check it is no blunder, then you confirm it.
Classical games are great to improve. Make sure you use the time. Most games are decided by move 30. Spend your time accordingly. Always think, even about seemingly Obvious moves like recapture. You can Always speed up towards the end of the game. Do not analyse during opponent(s turn, only during your own turn. During opponent's turn only think about general long term considerations.

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