This is a serious chess blog...but today, not so much.
What do you get when you mix blunders and the ThunderCats? BlunderCats!
(In part inspired by the Blunderstanding post from BDK and by the old/new ThunderCats series)
Symptom: Player makes his/her move and as the fingers leave the piece, he/she immediately sees the crushing move their opponent can make.
Remedy: Sit on your hands before making your move. Sometimes literally. (The technical term is "falsifying" your move.)
Symptom: Player makes rapid-fire moves confidently, hoping to cheat their opponent into trusting they are all correct.
Remedy: If you're their opponent, don't let them cheat you into believing they're right, calculate and make your moves normally. If you're the one being Cheat-ara, maybe it is in fact the best way to try to swindle someone.
Symptom: Takes all material possible, especially pawns. What could be better? And what could be wrong about it?
Remedy: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal.
Symptom: Underperforming. Don't have that competitive fire I need.
Remedy: Chess for Tigers by Simon Webb
Symptom: Your toughest opponents are half your size and/or a third of your age. Dag-nab-it!
Remedy: How to Beat Younger Players by GM Nigel Davies. (My two cents: if you have tried-and-true openings, play them and also aim for middlegame and endgame structures that you're experienced with.)
Symptom: There's absolutely no way I can take this guy. Nooo wayyyy.
Remedy: Don't Panic. Higher ratings aren't everything. Enjoy the thrill of getting in the ring with the Big Bad. Play your best game - you might even win.