More Threats in Chess

I haven’t been keeping the notebook up because for the past few weeks my chess training has become very simplistic.

1. I continue to practice tactics on until I get 3 incorrect answers which usually takes 15-20 minutes.  Solving tactical puzzles in this fashion is based on David Pruess’  New Way of Training Tactics.

2. I am playing more often, and when I do I am focused on the threats on the board.

3. I’m not reading any books right now, but I am reviewing my played games and addressing any deficiencies by referring to reference manuals. For example, if I lose a King and pawn endgame I’ll refer to Mueller’s Endgame Fundamentals book and so on.

I feel that this threat based play is helping my game out, and I have posted a 2nd part to the original threats post on begin chess and more will be coming shortly as I experiment with my new found thought process.

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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’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.

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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 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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