Working Out The Kinks Pt. II

Tuesday 10/12/2010

Today is the second day of the new training schedule, I really did not have a lot of time to either plan or spend studying so I will have to give this second day more thought in the near future.

  • Spent 15 minutes doing Step Method tactics
  • Spent 30 minutes solving endgame puzzles on chesstempo.com
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Working Out The Kinks

I feel ready to get back to my chess training this week, and I am planning on using this week to revamp my training schedule based on the observations I made on my beginchess blog.

  • Spent 15 minutes doing tactics on the chesstempo site. Tactical training will continue to be a key component of my training.
  • Using a physical board, I setup 4 positions from Khmelnitsky Chess Exam, and I worked them out by writing down my evaluation and analysis on paper. I tend to quit the analysis without validating once I feel I have found the right move, and this is usually a bad idea. I must validate my analysis.
  • Played over Botvinnik – Stoltz 1926 using Chessgames.com’s Guess the Move feature. I made sure to have Botvinnik’s One Hundred Selected Games nearby, in case I had any questions about moves that were actually played.
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Psychology of Chess Weaknesses

The path to chess improvement lies in finding your weakest area of knowledge and placing all of your effort into converting it into a strength. My greatest weakness is an apprehension, bordering on fear, of delving into deep calculations and analysis. This analytical deficiency affects both my combinational and analysis in over the board play , and unless I work to improve these skills, any future chess improvement will be difficult. You tend to avoid or procrastinate working on your weakest area and this is part of the reason why you lack proficiency, since you do not exert the necessary effort in mastering the material that gives you trouble.

Read the rest of the article on beginchess.com.

NOTE: I will be posting my training modifications based on the article above in the next few days.

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Training Update Week of 10/4/2010

I have not kept up the training program as of 9/27/2010. I have continued to do 20-30 minutes of tactical puzzles either on chesstempo.com or from the Step Method CD and I am playing a few correspondence games and a daily G30 games during my lunch break. I was feeling overtrained, and taking off  1-2 weeks is a good way to stave off training plateaus.

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